Italian Spy Boss Gets 10 Years for Helping CIA
Niccolo Pollari sentenced over imam's 'extraordinary rendition'
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 12, 2013 8:53 AM CST
A man walks past a banner with writing reading "Justice for Abu Omar," in front of Milan's court house Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009.   (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

(Newser) – Italy's former head of military intelligence has been sentenced to a decade in prison for helping the CIA kidnap a Muslim cleric in Milan, Reuters reports. Three Americans have also been convicted in absentia over the plot, though they're not likely to serve their sentences. Egyptian imam Abu Omar, who lived in Italy, was taken to Egypt to be interrogated; he endured seven months of torture, he says.

The Italian court awarded more than $2 million to the imam and his wife. Niccolo Pollari will appeal his prison sentence to Italy's top court, his lawyer says, adding that the trial wasn't fair because officials applied state secrecy laws. Pollari's deputy was sentenced to nine years in prison; former CIA Rome station head Jeffrey Castelli was sentenced to seven years earlier this month.

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Feb 13, 2013 6:26 AM CST
Amanda Knox will sneak in and help him break out.
Feb 12, 2013 2:43 PM CST
Italy is one of the failing socialist countries in Europe run (into the ground) by liberals and towelheads so don't think what these crazies have done is out of the ordinary for lunatics. Liberalism is a mental disorder.
Feb 12, 2013 11:48 AM CST
Make the bastards pay back ALL the Marshall Plan money........with interest.