Friday, February 16, 2007

Torture Accountability

From CNN:

An Italian court has ordered 26 Americans and six Italians to stand trial in connection with the CIA's "extraordinary rendition" program.

The 35 are scheduled to go to trial June 8 for allegedly kidnapping and transferring a terror suspect to third countries. Three other Italians face charges of complicity in the kidnappings.

However, none of the Americans -- almost all CIA agents -- is in custody in Italy and the Italian government has not asked for their extradition to Italy.

The case revolves around the alleged kidnapping of Osama Nasr Mostafa Hassan, an Egyptian-born Muslim cleric, also known as Abu Omar, in February 2003.

Even if tried in absentia, this is a good thing, ultimately- even for the US. There must be accountability and formal judgment of the wrong that has been done. Then, perhaps, it will not be done again.

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