Historic CIA Kidnapping Case Back in the Limelight

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In 2003, Sabrina De Sousa was working as an undercover CIA operative in Milan when an Egyptian terrorist suspect, Muslim cleric Abu Omar, was abducted and flown to Egypt, where he says he was tortured and interrogated. Years later, several Americans, including De Sousa, were indicted in Italy and found guilty in absentia for kidnapping. Others were granted diplomatic immunity, but De Sousa was not and she was sentenced to five years in prison.

Since the incident, De Sousa has claimed she had nothing to do with the kidnapping. On Friday, the Italian Supreme Court of Cassation in Rome will convene for a two-day hearing to decide whether to uphold or overturn the conviction.

Mark Zaid, national security attorney, is representing De Sousa.