Friday, July 19, 2013

Extraditing for rendition

In 2003, Abu Omar was kidnapped in Italy by the CIA. He was rendered to Egypt, where he was tortured. The rendition became public in 2005 and the Italian justice system was eventually forced to act; in 2009 22 CIA agents were convicted in absentia for their role in Omar's kidnapping and torture.

On of them was Robert Lady (who has since gone public claiming he was "only following orders". Spot the lack of historical awareness). He's just been arrested in Panama on an international warrant. The question now is whether he will be extradited to serve his sentence, or whether the US will bully Panama into releasing him.