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PRESS RELEASE: USA – IHRC applauds the decision by the Italian judge to convict 23 former CIA agents

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Islamic Human Rights Commission applauds the decision by the Italian judge to convict 23 former CIA agent.

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Islamic Human Rights Commission
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04 November 2009

PRESS RELEASE: USA – IHRC applauds the decision by the Italian judge to convict 23 former CIA agents

Islamic Human Rights Commission applauds the decision by the Italian judge to convict 23 former CIA agents.

23 former CIA agents were all tried in abstentia after the United States government refused extradition. Judge Oscar Magi ruled that they are to be sentenced for up to 8 years in prison and fined 1 million Euros in damages to Imam Nasr and 500,000 Euros to his wife.

Imam Hassan Mustafa Nasr was kidnapped in Milan in 2003 and was ‘renditioned’ to Egypt via Germany to be interrogated.  Imam Nasr stated that he was tortured in Egypt.

Renditions involve abducting individuals and transferring them extra-judicially to various places where they are interrogated and tortured.  The process violates fundamental norms of international law recognized by all nations; namely the prohibition against the use of torture. To abduct an individual with the object of torture or being aware of the serious likelihood of their torture is a breach of the victim’s human rights.

IHRC Chair Massoud Shadjareh states:

“The ruling illustrates how the United States arrogates to itself the right to lecture the world while flaunting basic human rights. We hope that this landmark case is the first of many to be brought against countries that have abandoned due process and resort to abduction and torture.”



For more information please contact the Press Office on (+44) 20 8904 4222 or (+44) 7958522196, email: info@ihrc.org.[ENDS]

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The Islamic Human Rights Commission is an NGO in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

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