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CIA agent wanted in Italy freed, Washington confirms

Faced extradition to Italy over 2003 abduction of Muslim cleric

CIA agent wanted in Italy freed, Washington confirms

New York, July 19 - The CIA's former Milan station chief Robert Lady, who was facing extradition to Italy from Panama for his role in the 2003 abduction of Muslim cleric Hassan Mustafa Omar Nasr, has been released by authorities and is aboard a flight to the United States, the US State Department confirmed Friday. The United States had been viewed as extremely unlikely to let him end up in a foreign jail, and expected to "exert pressure in all directions to make sure that does not happen," said Milan prosecutor Ferdinando Pomarici earlier Friday. Pomarici helped secure a nine-year conviction for Lady, who was detained by Panamanian police over an entry violation from Costa Rica and handed over to Interpol Thursday night on an international warrant issued by Italy. Italy and Panama do not have an extradition treaty and the US, which wields influence in the Central American country, is famously unwilling to hand its citizens over to foreign jurisdictions.

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