Germany investigates US abduction of Egyptian

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16 March 2007, Cairo (dpa) - German judicial authorities are investigating the use of a German airport by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to abduct an Egyptian Muslim cleric, a lawyer for the abductee said Friday. The attorney, Motaser al-Zayat, said German investigators contacted him concerning his client, 44-year-old Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr also known as Abu Omar, asking for additional information. According to the Italian States Attorney's Office, US agents in February 2003 abducted Abu Omar

16 March 2007

Cairo (dpa) - German judicial authorities are investigating the use of a German airport by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to abduct an Egyptian Muslim cleric, a lawyer for the abductee said Friday.

The attorney, Motaser al-Zayat, said German investigators contacted him concerning his client, 44-year-old Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr also known as Abu Omar, asking for additional information.

According to the Italian States Attorney's Office, US agents in February 2003 abducted Abu Omar from Italy, transporting him through the US military base in Ramstein, Germany before "rendering" him into the hands of Egypt's state security.

The cleric had been suspected by Italian justice officials of recruiting volunteers for suicide bombings and other attacks in Iraq.

Abu Omar was released in Egypt in 2004, but was reimprisoned after speaking publicly about his abduction. He was again released on February 11, 2007.

Al-Zayat added that the probe came after German authorities realized that the rendition flight made a transit through Germany.

DPA

Subject: German news

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