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Former CIA Agent Indian American Sabrina De Sousa loses appeal against extradition to Italy

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 Sabrina De Sousa is facing extradition to Italy in May. Photograph: Nikki Kahn/AP

Sabrina De Sousa is facing extradition to Italy in May. Photograph: Nikki Kahn/AP

LISBON, Portugal (Diya TV) — A former undercover CIA agent is facing extradition from Portugal to Italy for her conviction in a 2003 extraordinary rendition of a terror suspect to Egypt, officials said this week.

Sabrina De Sousa, a dual citizen of the U.S. and Portugal, was arrested in Portugal last October and has since lost three appeals against her extradition to Italy, which is currently scheduled for May 4.

She had an alleged role in the kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric, Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, known simply as Abu Omar, after he was snatched off a Milan street by the CIA. The agency was allegedly assisting Italian officials, and sent Omar to Egypt, where he was allegedly tortured.

The case was investigated by an independent Italian prosecutor, and resulted in De Sousa’s conviction as well as 21 other CIA operatives and high-ranking officials. At the time, the case was only observed as an investigation of illegal counter-terrorism practices, and to expose allies of the U.S.’ alleged role in facilitating the acts.

Convictions of members of the Italian military intelligence agency were later overturned by a high court, citing the grounds of “state secrecy.”

De Sousa has said she is willing to meet with Italian authorities and has previously said she is “encouraged” that her case might get a second look from Italy’s president, who has the ability to pardon her.

“I am very encouraged by recent developments,” she said in a phone interview with The Guardian. “I will voluntarily meet with Italian authorities to provide further sensitive information, because before we were not allowed to defend ourselves and now I am going to do that if it is required.”

During her tenure in Italy, De Sousa was registered as a Department of State officer with the U.S. consulate in Milan, which extends to her the privilege of diplomatic immunity. However, she was technically an undercover agent of the CIA. She has incessantly said her role was only minor, and was not specifically involved in the kidnapping of Omar. De Sousa believes her diplomatic immunity should shield her from any prosecution, even though she is no longer employed by the CIA.

She claims senior officials allowed lower-ranking employees to serve as scapegoats in the matter, instead of accepted responsibility for their roles in the still-classified mission.

De Sousa’s arrest was a direct result of her decision to travel from the U.S. to Portugal late last year to visit her family. Italy has never sought to extradite De Sousa from the states, however, she had an outstanding European arrest warrant and was detained while trying to leave Portugal on a flight to India.

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Indiaspora releases 2021 government leaders list featuring over 200 members of Indian diaspora

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Nonprofit Indiaspora released their list recognizing more than 200 members of the Indian diaspora who are leaders in their countries’ governments. The leaders span the globe, with more than 60 holding Cabinet-level positions.

More than 32 million people of Indian origin live outside of India, the largest diaspora population in the world.

After entertaining pitches from a number of Indian states, Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa declared Tesla will set up its Indian production in his state. An electric vehicle pioneer, analysts forecast India could generate 5% of Tesla’s revenue in the next 5 years.

The late Indian American scientist Narinder Singh Kapany, the father of fiber optics, received a posthumous Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest award. Singh died last year at the age of 94.

An Indian physicist’s revolutionary Black Hole research is turning 50 years old. C.V. Vishveshwara died in 2017, but his work lives on and continues to be honored. The Indian Association for General Relativity and Gravitation and The International Centre for Theoretical Sciences held an event in India to discuss the implications of Vishveshwara’s breakthrough. And now colleagues in his field around the world continue to be astounded at his research. Building off the work of Albert Einstein, Vishveshwara found that Black Holes had a structure, and if you banged on it, would vibrate like a bell. He first published this finding in the science journal “Nature.”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Search continues for 12 yr old Arunay Pruthi lost at sea.

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FREMONT, Calif. (Diya TV)  — It’s been a month since 12 year old Arunay Pruthi disappeared off the California coast. And while his family and their Fremont neighbors are devastated by his apparent loss, they continue to hold out hope they will find out what happened to the 7th grader. Pruthi was caught by dangerous surf at Cowell Ranch State Beach in Half Moon Bay and his father said he just drifted away. Despite hundreds of volunteers scouring the area, Pruthi hasn’t been seen since. There is a $50,000 reward for information leading to his discovery.

31 year old Ashwani Jain announced he’s running to become Maryland’s next governor. The Democrat recently ran unsuccessfully for Montgomery, Maryland City Council. He’s also a former Obama administration official.

Sean Desai made history, as he was named the Chicago Bears new defensive coordinator, making him the first Indian American ever to receive a coordinator job in the NFL. The 37 year old served as an assistant coach for several years before this promotion. Desai started his coaching career at Temple University, where he also received a doctorate in educational administration.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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UN: Avoid Pakistani airlines over fake pilot licence scandal

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SANTA CLARA (Diya TV) — The United Nations is telling its staff and partner agencies to avoid flying on all Pakistani airlines as the country continues to deal with a fake pilot license scandal. The warning means UN staff in Pakistan will be unable to fly internationally or domestically with these airlines, creating a travel nightmare.

The National Football League’s San Francisco 49ers is increasing its stake in soccer club Leeds United to 37 percent. And Indian American Paraag Marathe has been tapped to become Vice Chairman of the English Premier League team. Marathe will lead day to day operations and be more involved in the decision making process. The executive is still the 49ers Vice President of Football Operations, essentially the right hand man to owner Jed York.

As more foreign companies turn their backs on the United States, China and India are taking advantage. Direct investment in the US by overseas companies plummeted 49 percent last year according to a recent study. China’s grew by four percent to $163 billion. In India, foreign direct investment skyrocketed 13 percent last year to $57 billion. Policies allowing more foreign companies like Ikea and Uniqlo to open stores and increasing the country’s manufacturing base are some of the reasons for this growth.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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