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Ex-CIA Spy Freed in Portugal After Avoiding Extradition to Italy

FILE - In this April 11, 2007 file photo, Egyptian cleric Osama Hassan Mustafa Nasr, also known as Abu Omar, who was allegedly kidnapped by CIA agents in an Italian city and taken to Egypt, talks on his mobile phone as he walks in a Cairo street.

A former CIA officer convicted for involvement in the kidnap of an Egyptian cleric in Italy was released on Wednesday in Lisbon after winning a last-minute
reprieve from deportation, her lawyer said.

Sabrina de Sousa, a dual U.S.-Portuguese citizen was detained by Portuguese police last week and had been awaiting extradition in prison.

"Sabrina is free now. We will now await the Italian court's decision on alternative sanctions to prison, which is likely to be community service to be served in Portugal ... She needs to rest today," the lawyer, Manuel Magalhaes e Silva, told Reuters by telephone.

The two were seen leaving the Judiciary Police headquarters moments earlier.