Friday, February 16, 2007

Rendition on Trial

Twenty-six Americans, most of whom are believed to be CIA agents, and six Italian intelligence officials have been indicted in Milan for their role in the abduction and extraordinary rendition from Italy of a terrorism suspect, Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr.

It is uncertain whether Italy's government will request the suspects' extradition from the United States. Even if such a request is forthcoming, the U. S. government is almost certain to refuse. However, Italian law permits trials in absentia.

On Wednesday, the European Parliament, following a lengthy investigation, issued a report that accuses the U.K., Germany, Italy, and several other EU member states of allowing their airspace and, in some cases, airports in their territories to be used for approximately 1,200 unlawful CIA flights transporting terrorism suspects in cases of extraordinary rendition.