Italy court reverses former spy chief conviction

Feb 24, 2014, 3:12 PM EST
US student Amanda Knox's former Italian lover Raffaele Sollecito (2nd L) and his father (R) leave the Florence courthouse on November 6, 2013 after his and Knox's retrial for the November 2, 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher.
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State secrecy laws have saved former head of Italian intelligence Nicolo Pollari and his deputy from prison, as the nation's high court reversed their previous conviction for kidnapping imam Abu Omar as part of an operation with the United States in 2003 that sent the cleric to Egypt for interrogation.

Background:

Italian former spy chief cleared in CIA rendition case [Reuters]