INDIA ABROAD March 3, 2017 16 INDIAN AMERICAN AFFAIRS
By Barry Hatton
former CIA agent will
be handed over to Italy
in the coming days to
serve a four-year
prison sentence after
being convicted of
involvement in a U.S. program
that kidnapped suspects for
interrogation, a lawyer said
Sabrina de Sousa spent the
night in a women's prison near
Lisbon after a Portuguese court
ordered police to extradite her,
her Portuguese lawyer, Manuel
Magalhaes e Silva, told the
Associated Press in an interview.
He said she was detained
Monday after a two-year fight
against extradition and would be
put on a plane once formalities
between Portuguese and Italian
police were concluded.
De Sousa, 61, was among 26
Americans convicted of kidnapping suspect Osama Moustafa
Hassan Nas, also known as Abu
Omar, from a Milan street on
Feb. 17, 2003. She denied
involvement in the abduction.
The U.S. rendition program,
under which terror suspects were
kidnapped and transferred to
centers where they were interro-
gated and tortured, was part of
the anti-terrorism strategy of the
Bush administration following
the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Former President Barack Obama
ended the program years later.
The U.S. government
expressed concern with De
"We are deeply disappointed
in her conviction and sentence,"
acting State Department
spokesman Mark Toner said in a
statement. "This is a matter that
U.S. officials have been following
closely. We have asked our
European counterparts what
their next steps may be, but we
are not in a position to detail
De Sousa lost several appeals
against extradition since her
arrest at Lisbon Airport in
October 2015 on a European warrant. She had argued she was
never officially informed of the
Italian court conviction and
couldn't use confidential U.S.
government information to
Once in Italy, De Sousa is
expected to be taken to a
women's prison in Milan, but her
Italian lawyer Dario Bolognesi
said he would immediately
appeal to the Milan court to defer
her imprisonment pending a
decision on her years-long
request for clemency. Other
Americans convicted in the case
have received clemency from the
Bolognesi met Tuesday with
Justice Ministry officials who are
reviewing the clemency request
and emerged optimistic.
Regardless, he said he would also
request that De Sousa be granted
semi-freedom and serve any sentence doing social work.
He disputed the written ruling
by the Lisbon judges that said
that the verdict in Italy that pro-
vided the grounds for the
European arrest warrant was "not
final." He said the Italian case
went all the way to the highest
court and is final.
Magalhaes e Silva, de Sousa's
Lisbon lawyer and a human
rights expert who said he took
her case pro bono, said the
European arrest warrant guaranteed de Sousa the possibility of a
new trial or an appeal. Those
assurances persuaded the Lisbon
court to send her to Italy, he said.
But last June the Italian authorities retracted that promise in a
letter to the court, he said.
"It will be interesting to see
what the Italian courts do when
there's an extradition based on a
European arrest warrant in which
Italy guaranteed to Portugal that
it would respect certain rights,
then like a pariah state it turns
around and says no," he said.
De Sousa, who was born in
India and holds both U.S. and
Portuguese passports, has said
she had been living in Portugal
and intended to settle there. She
was on her way to visit her elderly mother in India with a
roundtrip ticket when she was
In this file photo taken on April 11,
2007, Egyptian cleric Osama Hassan
Mustafa Nasr, known as Abu Omar,
who was allegedly kidnapped by CIA
agents off the streets of an Italian city
and taken to Egypt where he said he
was tortured, talks on his mobile as
he walks on a Cairo street after
attending an Amnesty International
press conference in Cairo, Egypt.
Below left, Sabrina de Sousa.
ex-CIA Agent to
to Italian Jail
She faces a four-year prison sentence for
involvement in a U.S. program that
kidnapped suspects for interrogation
— LOS ANGELES
early 1 million people
applied to become U.S. citi-
zens the fiscal year through
Here's a look at naturalization
in the U.S. based on numbers
from the 2015 fiscal year, the lat-
est year for which a detailed
breakdown was available:
— About 730,000 immigrants
naturalized to become U.S. citi-
zens during the 2015 fiscal year.
— About 106,000 of these
immigrants came from Mexico,
42,000 from India and 40,000
from the Philippines.
— One in five of the newly nat-
uralized citizens lived in the state
of California. About 12 percent
lived in New York and 11 percent
— More than half were
between 25 and 44 years old.
About 9 percent were 65 and
— Typically, immigrants had
their green cards for 7 years
before they became U.S. citizens.
A Look at Naturalizations in the US, by the Numbers
— NEWARK, N.J.
n Indian man has
admitted he improp-
erly touched a sleep-
ing woman aboard a flight
last year from Los Angeles
to New Jersey.
pleaded guilty Thursday to
The 58-year-old resident
of Visakhapatnam, India,
was arrested in July after
the Virgin America flight
arrived in Newark.
Prosecutors say the
woman awoke to find
Kunam touching her geni-
The woman alerted her
male travel companion,
who confronted Kunam.
Investigators say Kunam
offered to buy the man a
drink. He declined and
reported what happened to
a flight crew member.
Kunam faces 30 to 60
days in prison and up to 90
days in an inpatient alcohol
treatment center as part of
a plea agreement. He will
be sentenced March 22 in
federal court in Newark.