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2006-07-24 10:35:35

By Phil Stewart ROME (Reuters) - The CIA did ask Italy's spy agency to help it kidnap a terrorism suspect in Milan in 2003, but the Italians refused because it was illegal, a lawyer representing an Italian agency boss told Reuters on Monday. Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's prime minister at the time, has denied that he or the Sismi military intelligence agency knew about a plot to kidnap Muslim cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr and fly him to Egypt, where Nasr says he was tortured....

2006-07-19 15:11:27

By Phil Stewart ROME (Reuters) - The head of Italy's military intelligence agency on Wednesday defended himself and colleagues being investigated for their possible role in the alleged CIA kidnapping of a terrorism suspect in Milan. Nicolo Pollari told a closed-door meeting of the Senate defense committee that the Sismi intelligence agency had "nothing to do with illegal acts" and would not break the law to help foreign agents. The comments, relayed to reporters by the committee's...

2006-07-15 07:30:53

By Emilio Parodi MILAN (Reuters) - The head of Italy's military intelligence agency was questioned by prosecutors for the first time on Saturday on suspicion of helping the CIA kidnap a terrorism suspect in Milan, judicial sources said. The development makes Nicolo Pollari the highest ranking official connected to the Italian investigation -- which has already led to the arrests of his No. 2 and another leader of his Sismi intelligence agency earlier this month. Twenty-six...

2006-07-12 16:19:07

By Phil Stewart ROME (Reuters) - Ex-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who lost power in April elections, attacked Italian magistrates on Wednesday for chasing after CIA agents and Italian spies over the alleged kidnap of a terrorism suspect. Berlusconi also said that Rome risked increasing the chances of a terrorist attack on Italian soil if the government loses its close ties with the CIA over the case. "The world is upside-down: Those who defend the security of the country go to...

2006-07-07 09:36:03

By Emilio Parodi MILAN (Reuters) - Prosecutors questioned the jailed deputy director of Italy's military spy agency on Friday, two days after arresting him on suspicion of involvement in the alleged CIA kidnapping of a terrorism suspect in 2003. Marco Mancini, arrested on Wednesday, has said through his lawyer that he had nothing to do with the alleged "rendition" of Muslim cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, also known as Abu Omar. Prosecutors believe a CIA-led team grabbed Nasr off...

2006-07-05 09:47:14

By Phil Stewart and Massimiliano Di Giorgio ROME (Reuters) - Two Italian spy chiefs were arrested on Wednesday and a judge issued arrest warrants for four Americans over the alleged CIA kidnapping of a terrorism suspect in Milan in 2003, officials said. Three of the Americans were alleged CIA agents and the fourth worked at a U.S. military base in Aviano, northern Italy, which prosecutors believe was used to secretly transfer the Muslim cleric out of Italy. A statement from the...

2006-07-05 06:17:58

By Massimiliano Di Giorgio and Phil Stewart ROME (Reuters) - Police arrested two officials from Italy's military intelligence agency on Wednesday and a judge issued arrest warrants for four Americans over the alleged CIA kidnapping of a terrorism suspect in 2003, officials said. Three of the Americans were alleged CIA agents and the fourth worked at the U.S. military air base in Aviano, northern Italy, a statement from the Milan's prosecutor's office said. It said Marco Mancini,...

2006-07-05 04:39:23

By Massimiliano Di Giorgio and Phil Stewart ROME (Reuters) - Police have arrested a director at Italy's military intelligence agency on suspicion of helping the CIA in the alleged kidnapping of a terrorism suspect in Milan, officials said on Wednesday. It is the first time an Italian official has been linked to the 2003 abduction of Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, also known as Abu Omar. Nasr says he was flown to Egypt and tortured. The arrest of Marco Mancini, a director of a division of...

2006-07-05 03:42:23

ROME (Reuters) - Police arrested a director of Italy's military intelligence agency on Wednesday on suspicion of helping the CIA in the alleged kidnapping of a terrorism suspect in Milan, judicial sources said. It is the first Italian official has been linked to the 2003 abduction of Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, also known as Abu Omar. Nasr says he was flown to Egypt and tortured. An Italian court has issued arrest warrants for 22 suspected U.S. agents over the abduction, but no...

2006-04-12 08:31:22

By Phil Stewart ROME (Reuters) - The Italian government, a close U.S. ally, said on Wednesday it would not seek the extradition of 22 CIA agents accused of kidnapping a Muslim cleric in Milan and flying him to Egypt for interrogation. Justice Minister Roberto Castelli, after months of deliberation, said he would not forward to the United States the extradition request written by Milan prosecutors, who want to eventually put the agents on trial. Castelli did not explain how he had...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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