Italy seeks more CIA agents over kidnapping

30th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

30 September 2005, ROME - Italian prosecutors have ordered the arrest of three alleged CIA agents, raising to 22 the total number of presumed American intelligence officials wanted in connection with the kidnapping of a suspected Islamic terrorist in Milan, Italian newspapers reported Friday.

30 September 2005

ROME - Italian prosecutors have ordered the arrest of three alleged CIA agents, raising to 22 the total number of presumed American intelligence officials wanted in connection with the kidnapping of a suspected Islamic terrorist in Milan, Italian newspapers reported Friday.

The latest arrest warrants requested by Milan prosecutor Armando Spataro target a former United States Embassy official in Rome, 38- year-old Betnie Medero, and two other American nationals, Italian newspapers reported, citing official judicial sources.

Medero is thought to have worked in Rome at the time of the abduction and was recently moved to the U.S. embassy of Mexico City, La Stampa reported.

The case, which has made headlines both in Italy and in the U.S., revolves around the mysterious disappearance in February 2003 of Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, an Egyptian national also known as Abu Omar.

Omar, a former imam at a mosque in Milan, was being investigated by police in Italy at the time of his disappearance. Prosecutors suspect he was abducted by a commando unit of CIA agents and then flown to Egypt via Germany. Omar later told his wife he had been tortured and beaten while being questioned in Egypt.

Authorities in the German city of Zweibruecken have since opened a file into the affair and are seeking the collaboration of Italian officials.

The U.S. is known to secretly transfer suspects to foreign states for interrogation. The practice, part of its strategy of combating terrorism, is known as 'extraordinary rendition'.

None of the suspects have been arrested and the Italian government has denied any knowledge of the operation.

DPA

Subject: German news

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