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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.
The U.S. Embassy in Rome and the CIA in Washington declined to comment.
Originally posted by Souljah
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The Italian government has asked Washington for an explanation of the alleged abduction by CIA agents of an Egyptian Islamic cleric in 2003.
Officials in Rome say they had no prior knowledge of the operation, in which Osama Mustafa Hassan was reportedly flown to Egypt for interrogation.
Carlo Giovanardi, Italy's minister for relations with parliament, was quoted by AP news agency as telling senators that neither the Italian government nor its intelligence services knew about the operation.