Jeffrey Castelli, the CIA’s former Rome station chief, was sentenced in Italy Friday to seven years in jail for his part in the abduction of an al Qaeda suspect off a Milan street in 2003.
The sentence will have no effect unless Castelli enters Italian or other territories that have extradition treaties with Rome, thus subjecting himself to arrest.
Two other CIA operatives, Betnie Medero and Ralph Russomando, were also both sentenced to six years in jail for their parts in the caper.
Update: Italian prosecutor Armando Spataro told SpyTalk the verdicts gave him no joy.
“It’s difficult for a prosecutor to rejoice at the sentence of some people," Spataro said by e-mail from Milan.
"But it’s important for the defense of human rights what the Milan Appeal Court said with the verdict: There are no reasons to justify kidnappings and torture of the people. Not even if the democracies want to protect themselves from the terrorism.”