Italy convicts abducted Egypt cleric

December 6, 2013 12:04 PM

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Italy convicts abducted Egypt cleric

An Egyptian Muslim cleric kidnapped by CIA agents in Italy in 2003 has been sentenced in absentia to six years in prison on terrorism charges in Milan.

Abu Omar, also known as Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, now lives freely in Egypt. He was abducted on a Milan street and flown to Egypt in a CIA "rendition".

He alleges he was tortured in Egypt before being released. Italy convicted 23 Americans over his kidnapping.

Prosecutors said the cleric had collaborated with 13 others between 2000 and 2003 "with the aim of carrying out acts of terrorist violence in Italy and abroad".

Mr Nasr's lawyer, Carmelo Scambia, said he denied the charge and did not believe in violence.

His client was currently living in the city of Alexandria and was being constantly monitored by the Egyptian authorities, Mr Scambia added.


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