Italy has partially pardoned the former CIA Milan station chief Robert Seldon Lady who was convicted for his role in the kidnapping of an Egyptian Muslim cleric under the U.S. “extraordinary rendition” program.
Another U.S. citizen found guilty in the case, Betnie Medero, was also granted a pardon by Italian President Sergio Mattarella, his office said in a statement.
Lady and Medero were among 26 Americans convicted for snatching Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr from a street in Milan in 2003 and whisking him away to be questioned in Egypt.
None of the Americans were ever detained in Italy or appeared in court during their trial, but they risked arrest if they traveled to Europe and the case has caused diplomatic tensions between Rome and Washington.
Mattarella’s office said that Medero, the most junior U.S. official caught up in the affair, was effectively having her six year prison term wiped clean from the slate.
Lady received a nine-year term and this would be cut to seven years, the statement said. This is the same term given to former CIA Rome station chief Jeffrey Castelli in the case.
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