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Ex-CIA Milan chief held in Panama over cleric abduction

By The BBC

July 18, 2013 "Information Clearing House - "BBC" - A former CIA chief who was convicted by an Italian court of kidnapping a terror suspect has been detained in Panama, Italian officials say.

Robert Seldon Lady was sentenced to nine years in jail for his involvement in the abduction of the man, an Egyptian cleric, in Milan in 2003.

The cleric, known as Abu Omar, was allegedly flown to Egypt and tortured.

Mr Lady was convicted in absentia with 22 other Americans for their role in his "extraordinary rendition".

But the Italian authorities have so far only sought the international arrest of the former Milan station chief, Italian media say.

People & Power looks at how the CIA is on trial in Italy for the use of 'extraordinary rendition'.

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