CIA Chief Convicted in Italy, May Have Been Arrested in Panama
Former CIA station chief for Milan Robert Seldon Lady, whose work for the US government led to him being convicted of kidnapping in his absence, has reportedly been arrested in Panama.
Mr Lady was convicted in absentia along with 22 other CIA agents over the kidnapping of an Egyptian terrorism suspect. Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr was snatched from a Milan street by the CIA, and transported to Egypt where he was subjected to torture. The radical cleric was finally released without charge in 2007.
Robert Lady, who has head of station in Milan at the time, was sentenced to nine years in prison for his part in the plot, after being convicted by an Italian court. The court also found that Italian secret services were complicit in the rendition, and an Italian intelligence officer was sentenced to 10 years in prison earlier this year.
According to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera the Italian government issued an international arrest warrant for Lady in December last year.
Italian news agencies are now quoting police in Panama as saying that Mr Lady was taken into custody close to the border with Costa Rica. If this is true then Italy will now have two months to file a request for Mr Lady’s extradition. Panamanian security Minister Jose Raul Molino, however, has told AP that he is not aware of the detention. The US government has not commented on the story.