Martedì, 25 Settembre 2018
MILAN

Monti asked to testify at Muslim cleric snatch retrial

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Milan, January 28 - Outgoing Italian Premier Mario
Monti has been asked to testify at the trial of two Italian
spies accused of taking part in the 2003 extraordinary rendition
of a Muslim cleric from Milan.
Defence lawyers acting for the former No.2 of the Italian
secret service, Marco Mancini, argued Monti should take the
stand because he recently extended a State-secrecy injunction
imposed by previous governments in the case.
Mancini and his former boss Niccolo' Pollari are being
retried after two previous acquittals thanks to the injunction.
In September Italy's top court of appeals upheld the
convictions of 22 CIA agents and a retired US air force officer
in the abduction of suspected jihadist recruiter Hassan Mustafa
Omar Nasr, who was flown to Egypt where he says he was tortured.
The court said they should be extradited but, like previous
governments, Monti's did not request that.
The case was the first judicial examination of
extraordinary rendition, one of the controversial practices of
America's war on terror, first authorised by Bill Clinton and
extended by Obama on the condition that torture was stopped.

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