Italy Commutes Sentence of Ex-CIA Agent for Irregular Rendition

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Friday, March 3, 2017
Bruce Zagaris and Jacob Rasch
On February 28, 2017, the Italian presidential palace announced that Italian President Sergio Mattarella had commuted the sentence of ex-CIA officer Sabrina De Sousa, who has been convicted in an Italian court in absentia for her role in the extraordinary rendition of Egyptian cleric Osama Hassan Mustafa Nasr (also known as Abu Omar).  On March 1, 2017, after announcing that De Souza’s sentence had been commuted by a year, from four years to three, the Italian government announced that they would no longer seek extradition of De Souza, thereby allowing for her release.