Ex-CIA spy held over kidnap avoids extradition from Portugal, shall be freed | Information

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By Andrei Khalip
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LISBON A former CIA officer convicted for involvement within the kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric in Italy received a last-minute reprieve from deportation from Portugal on Wednesday and shall be launched, her lawyer stated.

Sabrina de Sousa, a twin U.S.-Portuguese citizen detained by Portuguese police final week, was already at Lisbon airport to be flown to Italy when the information got here via.

“She was within the airport this morning to be handed over to Italy, however is not there. She will not be free but, however shall be launched right this moment,” de Sousa’s lawyer, Manuel Magalhaes e Silva, instructed Information.

“The Milan prosecutor revoked the detention order. The Italian Interpol brokers who’re right here to extradite her have been knowledgeable and the extradition is not taking place.”

De Sousa is certainly one of 26 individuals convicted in absentia over the kidnapping of Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr from a Milan avenue in 2003.

He was taken to Egypt for questioning below the U.S. “extraordinary rendition” program, a part of then-President George W. Bush’s “conflict on terror”. De Sousa has all the time maintained her innocence.

Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Tuesday gave de Sousa a partial pardon, lowering her sentence to a few years from 4 which means that she might apply for various sanctions to jail.

The lawyer stated she is prone to be allowed to serve three years of neighborhood service which, below European Union guidelines, she will be able to do in Portugal.

(Modifying by Robin Pomeroy)