December 5, 2006
Indictments Sought in Alleged Kidnapping
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Filed at 10:40 a.m. ET
MILAN, Italy (AP) -- A prosecutor Tuesday asked for the indictment of 26 Americans and Italian secret service officials on a charge of kidnapping an Egyptian cleric in Milan in 2003.
All but one of the Americans have been identified by the prosecution as CIA agents, including former station chiefs in Rome and Milan, and the 26th as a U.S. Air Force officer stationed at the time at Aviano air base near Venice.
The request also names the former head of the Italian military intelligence agency SISMI Nicolo Pollari, his former deputy Marco Mancini, and three other secret service officials.
Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, an Egyptian cleric and terrorist suspect, also known as Abu Omar, was allegedly abducted from a Milan street in February 2003 and flown out of Italy from Aviano.
The operation is believed to be part of an alleged CIA ''extraordinary rendition'' program in which terrorism suspects are transferred to third countries where some allegedly are subjected to torture.
The article states that Nicolo Pollari's former deputy Marco Mancini, who was arrested this summer, is cooperating with prosecutors, which to me suggests indictments are probable. I may be wrong... but it's nice to imagine that a trial could bring out all kinds of interesting stuff, especially if Pollari himself ever turns.