Italian Court Convicts 23 Americans in CIA Kidnapping Case

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An Italian court on Wednesday convicted 22 CIA operatives and a U.S. Air Force colonel of orchestrating the kidnapping of a Muslim cleric here in 2003 and flying him to Egypt, where he said he was tortured. In rendering the verdict, the judge in the case, Oscar Magi, acquitted three other Americans, including the former Rome station chief for the CIA, saying they were covered by diplomatic immunity. The Americans were all tried in absentia but were represented throughout the trial by defense attorneys, most of them court-appointed.

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