Sabrina de Sousa was a former CIA agent involved in a 2003 plot to kidnap radical Egyptian cleric Osama Mustapha Hassan Nasr, a.k.a. Abu Omar, in Milan.
She and 26 other operatives involved in the endeavor were convicted for abduction, which later led to Abu Omar’s torture in Egypt. This week, the 61-year-old former agent was expected to be extradited from Portugal to Italy.
However, on Wednesday, a last-minute reprieve caused Italy to cancel the extradition. De Sousa’s lawyer, Manuel Magalhaes e Silva released a statement to Reuters on the matter:
“She was in the airport this morning to be handed over to Italy, but is no longer there. She is not free yet, but will be released today. The Milan prosecutor revoked the detention order. The Italian Interpol agents who are here to extradite her have been informed and the extradition is no longer happening.”
Earlier on Tuesday, the Portuguese-American woman was “partially pardoned” by Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella for her alleged part in the CIA kidnappings program under former President Bush.
De Sousa will no longer be required to serve prison time due to these new provisions.
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