Judge Orders Arrest of CIA Agents Following 2003 Kidnapping of Italian Imam

June 24, 2005

Source: MASNET


On June 24, 2005 MASNET reported, "Italian authorities have issued arrest warrants for 13 agents of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) accused of kidnapping an Islamic leader in northern Italy, an Italian newspaper reported. Osama Mustafa Hassan Nasr, also known as Abu Omar, was seized from a Milan street and stuffed into a white van on February 17, 2003, by two Italian-speakers claiming to want to check his identity. He has been missing since, the Corriere della Sera reported. Nasr was the former imam of a Milan mosque which had been placed under close watch following the September 11, 2001, attacks in the United States, reports Agence France-Presse (AFP). Confirming the arrest warrant without mentioning the U.S. intelligence agency, the prosecutors office said the 13 suspects were believed to be behind Nasr’s abduction, reports Reuters news agency. But an Italian official familiar with the investigation confirmed newspaper reports Friday that the suspects worked for the CIA, reports the Associated Press (AP)."