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Ex-CIA agent convicted in Italy has asked for a pardon

In this July 10, 2012 photo, Sabrina De Sousa poses for a portrait in Pentagon Row, Va.  Virginia,  on Tuesday July 10, 2012. De Sousa, a former CIA operative convicted of the kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric as part of the extraordinary renditions program has been detained in Portugal and is awaiting a decision on whether she will be turned over to Italy to serve her six-year sentence, a top Italian prosecutor said Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. (Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post via AP)  WASHINGTON TIMES OUT; NEW YORK TIMES OUT;THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER AND USA TODAY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT

In this July 10, 2012 photo, Sabrina De Sousa poses for a portrait in Pentagon Row, Va. Virginia, on Tuesday July 10, 2012. De Sousa, a former CIA operative convicted of the kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric as part of the extraordinary renditions program has been detained in Portugal and is awaiting a decision on whether she will be turned over to Italy to serve her six-year sentence, a top Italian prosecutor said Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. (Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post via AP) WASHINGTON TIMES OUT; NEW YORK TIMES OUT;THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER AND USA TODAY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT

MILAN (AP) — The Italian lawyer of a former CIA operative convicted in the kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric in Milan as part of the U.S. extraordinary renditions program has requested a pardon from Italy.

Sabrina De Sousa’s Italian lawyer, Dario Bolognesi, told The Associated Press that De Sousa requested a pardon last year and he expects to meet with Interior Ministry officials this month to discuss it.

De Sousa, who was arrested last week in Portugal on a European warrant, faces a six-year sentence for her role in the 2003 kidnapping of Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr. She was among 26 Americans, mostly CIA agents, convicted in absentia of the kidnapping.

Italy has issued only one pardon in the case, for the lone military member among the defendants.

 

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