Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Justice for rendition

In 2009, Italy convicted 22 CIA agents in absentia for their role in the kidnapping and rendition from Italy of a refugee. One of those agents was dumb enough to set foot outside the United States, and was arrested in Portugal last year to face extradition. Her appeals have finally been exhausted and she is to be extradited to Italy next week:

A former undercover CIA officer is to be extradited to Italy following her conviction over the 2003 extraordinary rendition of a terror suspect to Egypt.

Sabrina De Sousa, a dual US and Portuguese citizen, was arrested in Portugal last October and has since lost three appeals against being handed over to Italian authorities. Her extradition is scheduled for 4 May.

Good. It may only be one of those responsible, but some justice is better than none.

meanwhile, there's a suggestion that the Italian government will pardon her to keep on-side with the US. They shouldn't. De Sousa conspired to kidnap and torture a man. Pardoning would simply make the government complicit in her crime.