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Italy's highest court upholds last US convictions in 2003 rendition of terror suspect

Italy's highest court has upheld the guilty verdicts against the final three U.S. defendants in the 2003 rendition kidnapping of an Egyptian terror suspect.

The ruling Tuesday marks the final court decision since Italian courts six and a half years ago began the only prosecution to date against the Bush administration's practice of abducting terror suspects and moving them to third countries where torture was permitted.

Milan Prosecutor Armando Spataro said the Rome high court upheld the guilty verdicts and confirmed the seven-year sentence against the CIA's former Rome station chief and six-year sentence against two other CIA agents. In all, 26 Americans were convicted in absentia. Italy later pardoned the only military defendant.

The same court last month threw out the convictions of five Italian agents, citing state secrets.