Goan-origin Ex-CIA agent stopped on-route to homeland
A former CIA operative of Goan-origin Sabrina De Souza convicted of the kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric as part of the extraordinary rendition program has been detained in Portugal earlier this month and is awaiting a decision on whether she will be turned over to Italy to serve her six-year sentence. De Souza was arrested at Lisbon airport on-route on her travel to Goa.
De Souza was among 26 Americans, mostly CIA agents, convicted in absentia over the kidnapping of Milan cleric Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, known as Abu Omar, in broad daylight from a Milan street on 17 February 2003. Even after the convictions, Italy never made a formal extradition request for the Americans in the politically charged case.
In the absence of an extradition request, GoaChronicle.com has learned that De Souza was picked up on a European arrest warrant that was issued via law-enforcement channels after her conviction.
De Sousa, an ex-CIA operative who operated under diplomatic cover, was initially acquitted due to diplomatic immunity, but was found guilty by Italy’s highest court in 2014.
The Goan origin Indian born De Sousa came out publicly against the US decision not to allow the American defendants to get their own lawyers near the end of the first trial, eventually winning permission to have her own counsel.