After years of appeals, Italy's high court has upheld the conviction of 23 Americans (22 CIA officers and one military official) for the offense of kidnapping a man off the street in Milan on February 17, 2003, and shipping him to Egypt to be brutally tortured.
This final ruling could result in the Italian government demanding the extradition of the 23 convicts. They were tried in absentia and are living freely in the United States.
We do not support the use of kidnapping by Italy to apprehend these convicts, although the U.S. government claims that the practice of "rendition" is legal. Instead, as Americans who support the rule of law and regret that our own government does not enforce it, we strongly encourage the Italian government to request extradition.
Please quickly email the Italian embassy in support of giving real consequences to what has been a long and laborious legal effort -- an effort for which we are profoundly grateful.
Please forward this email widely to like-minded friends.
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Associated Press: Italy Court Upholds American Convictions
Steve Hendricks: A Kidnapping in Milan: The CIA on Trial