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President Napolitano Pardons Colonel Romano in CIA Rendition Case

Apr 8th, 2013 Current Affairs, Terrorism

BBC reports that Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has pardoned U.S. Air Force Colonel Joseph Romano, one of twenty-three Americans tried and convicted in Italy for their roles in the CIA operation to abduct Abu Omar. Colonel Romano was the only one of the convicted U.S. citizens who was not a CIA employee.

As the article states, Abu Omar, an Egyptian imam, was captured in Milan and thereafter transferred to Egypt pursuant to the CIA process of extraordinary rendition whereby those suspected of terrorism are transferred to countries that practice torture.

Because the other Americans convicted by the Italian court system are believed to be living in the United States, BBC reports that it is unlikely they will serve their sentences.

This isn’t the first time the CIA’s rendition program has caused a stir in the international community. Back in December of 2012, the European Court of Human Rights similarly held the CIA violated the rights of a German man, Khaled el-Masri, when he was mistakenly identified as a terrorist, seized in Macedonia, and transferred to Afghanistan where he was “brutalized and detained for months,” according to The New York Times.

 

You can find the full BBC report here.

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