Friday, June 24, 2005

Remember Nicola Calipari? 

He was the heroic Italian Secret Service agent killed when American troops opened fire on the car in which he was taking rescued hostage Giuliana Sgrena to the Baghdad airport. A U.S. military investigation, disputed by the Italians, cleared the troops of any wrongdoing and recommended no disciplinary action be taken against them.

Which probably has nothing whatsoever to do with this:
An Italian judge on Friday ordered the arrests of 13 CIA officers for secretly transporting a Muslim preacher from Italy to Egypt as part of U.S. anti-terrorism efforts - a rare public objection to the practice by a close American ally.

The Egyptian was spirited away in 2003, purportedly as part of the CIA's ``extraordinary rendition'' program in which terror suspects are transferred to third countries without court approval, subjecting them to possible torture.

The arrest warrants were announced Friday by the Milan prosecutor's office, which has called the disappearance a kidnapping and a blow to a terrorism investigation in Italy. The office said the imam was believed to belong to an Islamic terrorist group.

The 13 are accused of seizing Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, known as Abu Omar, on a Milan street on Feb. 17, 2003, and sending him to Egypt, where he reportedly was tortured, Milan prosecutor Manlio Claudio Minale said in a statement . . . .

Minale said a judge also issued a separate arrest warrant for Nasr on terrorism charges. In that warrant, Judge Guido Salvini said Nasr's seizure violated Italian sovereignty, according to Italian news agency Apcom.
Thanks to Zemblan patriot J.D. for the link.

UPDATE: More of the same from Germany and Sweden; our distinguished colleage Jeanne D'Arc has the details.

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