Milan appeals court convicts 2 Italian spy chiefs

AP News
Posted: Feb 12, 2013 5:24 AM

MILAN (AP) — A Milan appeals court has convicted two former Italian spy chiefs for their role in the kidnapping of a terror suspect as part of the CIA's extraordinary rendition program.

The court overturned the acquittals given by a lower court and sentenced the former head of Italian military intelligence to 10 years and his former no. 2 to nine. The convictions can be appealed.

Earlier this month, another appeals court similarly threw out the acquittals and convicted in absentia three Americans, including the former Rome CIA station chief, in the same case.

In all, 26 Americans have been convicted in absentia in the 2003 kidnapping of Egyptian Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, also known as Abu Omar, with sentences ranging from six to nine years. It is unlikely any will serve time.