Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
PERUGIA

Ex-Italian secret service chief acquitted of illegal spying

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Perugia, February 1 - Italy's former SISMI secret
service chief Nicolo' Pollari, known for his role in the CIA
abduction of Muslim cleric Hassan Mustafa Omar Nasr, was
acquitted Friday for alleged breach of protocol and illegally
obtaining files in the case.
At a preliminary hearing in Perugia, former official Pio
Pompa was also acquitted of the charges but was then indicted on
separate charges of unauthorized espionage, to be tried October
17.
The two were accused of obtaining a confidential disc with
unauthorized files on magistrates, officials and journalists
which pertained to the 2003 extraordinary rendition by the CIA
of the Muslim cleric in Milan.
The former head of SISMI said through his lawyer that he
was "relieved, despite the fact that a State-secrecy injunction
prevented him from fully defending himself".
In September the supreme Cassation Court upheld the
convictions of 22 CIA agents and a retired US air force officer
in the abduction of suspected jihadist recruiter Nasr, who was
flown to Egypt where he says he was tortured.
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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