ROME, September 19 (RIA Novosti)
Italy’s highest appeals court upheld on Wednesday the convictions against 23 CIA agents involved in kidnapping a terror suspect in 2003, Corriere della Sera reported.
The agents were sentenced for taking part in the extraordinary rendition of Abu Omar, the imam at a mosque in Milan, which saw him transferred to a prison in Egypt where Omar claims he was tortured.
At the end of 2010, an Italian court convicted the 23 men in absentia, sentencing them to nine years in prison.
Prosecutors in Milan had sought the extradition of all the suspects from the United States in July 2006, but the State Department rejected the request.
The convicted agents include the CIA station chief in Milan, Robert Seldon Lady.
Convictions against two Italian intelligence agents, Nicolo Pollari and Marco Mancini, were subsequently overturned on national security grounds.
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Erdogan will continue to help consolidate Islam’s influence in public life and use Islam as a political issue. It is hard to say what Turkey will do in the Muslim world, but Erdogan obviously does not need any more turmoil in neighboring countries.