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Convicted CIA station chief arrested in Panama

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You can’t sweep away the stink of Fascism

A former CIA station chief, convicted in Italy of kidnapping an Egyptian Muslim cleric, has been arrested in Panama, Italian and Panamanian officials have said.

Robert Seldon Lady, the former CIA chief in Milan, entered Panama, crossed the border into Costa Rica and was sent back to Panama where he was detained, according to an Italian official…

Italy’s highest court last year upheld a guilty verdict against Seldon Lady for the kidnapping of Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, who was snatched from a Milan street in 2003 and flown to Egypt via Germany for interrogation, where he says he was tortured for seven months.

Nasr says he was tortured with electric shocks, beatings, rape threats and genital abuse.

The imam, also known as Abu Omar, was a resident in Italy at the time of the abduction.

Seldon Lady was given a nine-year prison sentence and another 22 Americans seven-year sentences in absentia for the abduction of the imam.

The Italian trial was the first of its kind against the “rendition” flights practised by the administration of former US President George W Bush, which have been condemned by human rights groups.

The Italian government asked for the former CIA agent – “Mister Bob” – to be held in Panama and now has two months to request his extradition.

It was not clear however where Seldon Lady would be taken. Italy and Panama have no bilateral extradition treaty, according to documents on the Italian Justice Ministry’s website.

Most of the world is sitting back, hoping this creep gets what is coming to him. Kidnapping and torture are never a legitimate part of warfare, declared or otherwise.

Of course, real justice would involve putting thugs like Bush and Cheney – and Alberto Gonzales – on trial in the United States for what they did in our name.

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Written by Ed Campbell

July 20, 2013 at 8:00 am

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  1. Reblogged this on dreams on the hill and commented:
    I thought that was part of what CIA operatives did. Oh, what else happened in Panama? North Korean ship seized in Panama heading from Cuba carrying missiles.

    dreamsonthehill

    July 20, 2013 at 11:04 am

    • If you read primary source reporting, the ship carried a couple of ancient MIGs and jet engines that needed repair to work again. :)

      moss

      July 20, 2013 at 1:25 pm

  2. Reblogged this on Move for Change and the Brooklyn Culture Jam and commented:
    While the MSM was going all googly-eyed over a new royal, Italy (a NATO ALLY) extradited a CIA Station chief to go to prison for kidnapping an Arab-national from Milan and sending him to face torture in Egypt. Bet the next NATO summit will be kinda… tense.


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