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Ex-CIA Milan chief detained in Panama

19 July 2013, 08:33

Rome - A former CIA base chief in Italy who was convicted in the 2003 abduction of an Egyptian terror suspect from a street in Milan has been detained in Panama, the Italian justice ministry says.

However, Panamanian security minister Jose Raul Molino said that he was unaware of the detention, and the press office of the National Police, which works with Interpol, said it had no information about the case.

The CIA said it had no immediate comment.

Robert Seldon Lady, the former Milan CIA official, was sentenced by an Italian appeals court in Milan earlier this year in the extraordinary rendition case to nine years in prison after being tried in absentia in Italy for the kidnapping of the Muslim cleric.

The trials of Lady, who has since retired from the CIA, and two other Americans in the case, brought the first convictions anywhere in the world against agents involved in the agency's extraordinary rendition programme, a practice alleged to have led to torture.

The terror suspect, Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, also known as Abu Omar, was abducted in February 2003, transferred to US military bases, first in Italy, then in Germany, before being flown to Egypt.

The cleric alleged he was tortured in Egypt. He was later released.

- AP


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