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Sabrina De Sousa: Ex-CIA Agent Avoids Extradition Thanks to Trump

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The CIA symbol is shown on the floor of CIA Headquarters, July 9, 2004, at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Inset via Twitter.

By    |   Wednesday, 01 Mar 2017 02:06 PM

Sabrina De Sousa, an ex-CIA agent, was set to be extradited to Italy for her alleged role in a 2003 kidnapping, but thanks to President Donald Trump's administration she won't be.

De Sousa was one of 26 people convicted in 2009 of being involved in the kidnapping of Muslim cleric Osama Mustapha Hassan Nasr, Fox News reported. She won a partial pardon from Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Wednesday that will keep her from being extradited.

The cleric, who also goes by the name Abu Omar, said he was abducted and taken to Egypt — where he’s from — and tortured, Fox News noted.

President Donald Trump's administration reportedly made significant efforts to prevent De Sousa's extradition.

“I can confirm that this wouldn’t have happened without extraordinary help from the Trump administration,” De Sousa’s spokesman Pete Hoekstra told Fox News.

“I worked with multiple administration individuals and organizations,” he added. “They were coordinated, professional, responsive, and most importantly effective.”

An extradition would have taken De Sousa from Portugal to Italy to serve a four-year sentence as part of her conviction, The Guardian noted.

According to a statement released by Mattarella, De Sousa’s four-year sentence has been reduced to three years, but she’ll be able to avoid serving that time in jail.

“She was in the airport this morning to be handed over to Italy, but is no longer there,” De Sousa’s lawyer Manuel Magalhaes Silva said, according to CBS News. “She is at the Judiciary Police in Lisbon now, but will be released today.”

De Sousa, who’s now 61, has consistently maintained her innocent in the 2003 incident, according to The Guardian.

She has been in Portugal since 2015.

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