CIA agent given unique punishment in Italy
A former CIA agent will do community service near Rome to complete her three-year sentence for taking part in the kidnapping of a Muslim cleric in Milan 14 years ago.
Sabrina De Sousa’s lawyer said that a court in Milan on Monday approved community service for his client to teach English to minors in Rome province.
Egyptian cleric Osama Hassan Mustafa Nasr, known as Abu Omar, was allegedly kidnapped by CIA agents off the streets of an Italian city and taken to Egypt where he said he was tortured.
De Sousa was picked up in Portugal in 2015 on a European arrest warrant, but Italy dropped its extradition request last March. Her seven-year sentence was reduced to three by a partial clemency and general amnesty.
De Sousa claims no wrongdoing in the kidnapping. Twenty-six Americans were tried in absentia, many under aliases. She is the only American to return to Italy.