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


By Andrei Khalip

LISBON A former CIA officer convicted for involvement within the kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric in Italy gained a last-minute reprieve from deportation from Portugal on Wednesday and might be launched, her lawyer mentioned.

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 by.

“She was within the airport this morning to be handed over to Italy, however is now not there. She is just not free but, however might 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 now not taking place.”

De Sousa is considered one of 26 individuals convicted in absentia over the kidnapping of Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr from a Milan road 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 “battle on terror”. De Sousa has at all times maintained her innocence.

Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Tuesday gave de Sousa a partial pardon, decreasing her sentence to 3 years from 4 which means that she might apply for various sanctions to jail.

The lawyer mentioned she is more likely to be allowed to serve three years of group service which, below European Union guidelines, she will do in Portugal.

(Modifying by Robin Pomeroy)