EXTRAORDINARY RENDITION RULED ORDINARY CRIME IN ITALY
EXTRAORDINARY NEWS ON RENDITION Italy Orders Arrest Warrants for Thirteen CIA Agents CIA road games don't play well with Italian prosecutors or judges. In pursuing international terrorists, Italy demands US agents play by the rules or face consequences
An Italian judge ordered the arrests of 13 people in the purported CIA bduction of an imam, who then was sent to Egypt, the Milan prosecutor's
office said Friday. An Italian official said earlier the 13 were CIA
officers involved in U.S. anti-terrorism efforts. --snip-- The 13 are suspected of seizing Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, known as
Abu Omar, on the streets of Milan on Feb. 17, 2003, and sending him to
Egypt, where he reportedly was tortured, Milan prosecutor Manlio
Claudio Minale said in a statement.
An Italian newspaper said all 13 were American agents. --snip--
Prosecutors believe the officers seized Omar as part of the CIA's
"extraordinary rendition" program, in which terror suspects are
transferred to third countries without court approval, according to
reports Friday in newspapers Corriere della Sera and Il Giorno. The statement said Omar was attacked by two people while walking
from home to a local mosque and hustled into a white van. He was taken
to Aviano, a joint U.S.-Italian base north of Venice; another American
air base in Ramstein, Germany; and then Cairo.
Investigators confirmed the abduction through an eyewitness account and other, unidentified witnesses, the statement said. [MORE]
The question of national sovereignity, of who does what on Italian soil, seems to play a part in this striking development between allies in what United States calls the war on terror.
The deputy district attorney of Milan and lead investigator, Armando Spataro, issued this statement to CNN:
the kidnapping of the person in question had not been carried out, Nasr
... would now be detained and subject to Italian justice. ... More
importantly, the ongoing investigations had revealed important
information which could have led to other suspects and arrests.
Italian investigation was a major breakthrough into a terrorist network
in Milan which also operated overseas. Therefore, the kidnapping of
Nasr ... is not just a totally illegal act that violates gravely
Italy's sovereignty, but it is also a damaging and counterproductive
act against the efficiency of the fight against terrorism."
A QUICK HERETIK COMMENT: For the inevitable apologists who say we have to live in a real world and take the fight to the enemy (even in our allies's backyards), just imagine what the uproar would be like here if foreign agents swooped down on the streets of Manhattan or worse Kansas City and ran off with a some civilian on the streets without a trial?
WHAT THE BLOGS ARE SAYING: 5 PM EASTERN JUNE 24, 2005
An Egyptian woman witnessed the kidnapping and says that two men,
who spoke Italian and wore Italian police uniforms, blocked Abu Omar.
In one article, Corriere suggests that they were posing as Italians, in
another that they may demonstrate Italian complicity. After the kidnapping the cell phone of the presumed leader of the
raid called the US consulate in Milan and the personal cell phone of
"Bob." He later dialed a number of a colonel at the Aviano Air Base,
apparently to avoid controls by Italian military. That evening, at 6:20, a plane presumed to belong to the CIA took off for Ramstein, German. At 8:30, a second plane -- this one
-- left for Cairo. At midnight, the leader of the raid called from
Italy to a reserved number in Virginia (presumably Langley) and said
that the mission was accomplished. [MORE]
been wondering how the CIA was getting away with snatching so many
people on foreign soil. I guess maybe now they won't always get away
with it. [MORE]