Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018

Monti, Berlusconi, Prodi not called to cleric snatch trial


Milan, January 28 - Judges on Monday rejected a
defence call for outgoing Italian Premier Mario Monti and his
predecessors Silvio Berlusconi and Romano Prodi to testify at a
trial of two Italian spies accused of taking part in the 2003
extraordinary rendition by the CIA of a Muslim cleric in Milan.
Defence lawyers acting for the former No.2 of the Italian
secret service, Marco Mancini, argued the three premiers should
take the stand to explain a State-secrecy injunction imposed by
their governments.
Mancini and his former boss Niccolo' Pollari are being
retried after two previous acquittals thanks to the injunction.
But the judges admitted evidence from Mancini and other
spies on the grounds that Italy's top court of appeals, the
Cassation Court, last year partially rejected the State-secrecy
In September the Cassation Court 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,
widely used under George W. Bush, and extended by Obama on the
condition that torture was stopped.

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