Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018

Milan judges say CIA Italy chief 'mastermind' in snatch case


Milan, February 21 - An Italian appeals court in
Milan on Thursday said that Jeff Castelli, the former head of
America's Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Italy, was the
"mastermind" behind an operation which led to the abduction of
former Milan imam Hassan Mustafa Omar Nasr.
In 2003 Nasr was taken to Egypt, where he was held and
questioned under torture, as part of America's controversial
"extraordinary rendition" anti-terrorism program.
The judges had formerly sentenced Castelli and two other
CIA operatives to jail sentences for their involvement in the
operation, which caused uproar in Italy and strained relations
with the US.
The three agents - who were accredited with the US embassy
in Rome - were previously acquitted by a lower court after it
found they were protected by diplomatic immunity.
The Milan appeals court, however, said that immunity could
not be applied in cases of conduct "contrary to human rights".

(photo: Hassan Mustafa Omar Nasr)

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