Breaking: CIA agents guilty of Italy kidnap
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Breaking: CIA agents guilty of Italy kidnap --22 Americans convicted were sentenced to five years in prison, in absentia 04 Nov 2009 An Italian judge has convicted 23 Americans - all but one of them CIA agents - and two Italian secret agents of the 2003 kidnap of a Muslim cleric. The agents were accused of abducting Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, known as Abu Omar, from Milan and sending him to Egypt, where he was allegedly tortured. The trial, which began in June 2007, is the first involving the CIA's so-called "extraordinary rendition" programme. Three Americans and five Italians were acquitted by the court in Milan. The Americans were all tried in their absence after the US refused to extradite them.
Rendition trial ends with Milan CIA chief given eight years --First prosecution for US abduction of suspects to torture states --Italian court convicts Robert Lady and 23 others in absentia 04 Nov 2009 The former head of the CIA in Milan has been given an eight-year jail sentence for kidnapping at the end of the first trial anywhere in the world involving the agency's "extraordinary rendition" programme. Robert Lady was tried in his absence and convicted of helping to organise the seizure of Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, known as Abu Omar, from a Milan street in February 2003. His superior, Jeff Castelli, the head of the CIA in Italy at the time, was acquitted on the grounds that he was covered by diplomatic immunity. Most of the other 23 alleged CIA operatives on trial were given five-year jail sentences in their absence. Extraordinary rendition involved the abduction of suspects and their forcible transfer for interrogation to third countries, often states in which torture was routinely employed.
Iraq Fails to Agree on Election Law 04 Nov 2009 Iraqi lawmakers failed again to agree on national-election legislation on Wednesday, and the country's 'election' commission warned the vote--scheduled for January--would have to be delayed if the law doesn't pass this week. That ultimatum sets up Thursday's session as the last one in which Iraq's various blocs can hammer out a deal. Delaying the elections will likely require approval by a high court, because the Iraqi constitution requires the country to hold an election by the end of January.
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