Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018

12 years sought for ex-Italian spy chief in CIA snatch case


Milan, February 4 - Prosecutors in Milan on Monday
requested a 12-year prison sentence for former SISMI secret
service chief Nicolo' Pollari, on trial for involvement in the
abduction of Muslim cleric Hassan Mustafa Omar Nasr from the
city in 2003.
Prosecutors at the Milan Court of Appeals also requested 10
years for ex-No.2 Marco Mancini and eight-year sentences for
three former operatives in SISMI, now AISE.
The supreme Cassation Court ordered a retrial of the
suspects in September, when it upheld the convictions of 22 CIA
agents and a retired US air force officer for their roles in the
Pollari and Mancini have repeatedly been acquitted on
appeal in the past because of the State-secrecy injunction.
Nasr, an Islamist wanted in Italy on suspicion of
recruiting jihadi fighters, disappeared from a Milan street on
February 17, 2003 and emerged from an Egyptian prison four years
later claiming he had been tortured.
The cleric, who is also known as Abu Omar, did not attend
the trial.
Prosecutors say he was snatched by a team of CIA operatives
with SISMI's help and taken to a NATO base in Ramstein, Germany,
en route to Cairo.
The retrial is part of the world's first judicial
examination of the controversial United States practice of
extraordinary rendition.
None of the CIA operatives have ever appeared in court
Milan's Court of Appeals on Friday sentenced the CIA's
former Italy chief, Jeff Castelli, to seven years in prison and
two other agents to six years.
Extraditions are being sought.
On the same day a separate court in Perugia acquitted
Pollari for alleged breach of protocol and illegally obtaining
files in the case, charges that are separate from those he faces
in Milan.

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