Italy reactivates case against kidnapped imam

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Posted: Nov 22, 2013 1:07 PM

MILAN (AP) — An Egyptian cleric kidnapped from Milan in 2003 as part of the CIA's extraordinary renditions program is facing trial in absentia in Italy on terrorism charges.

Prosecutors on Friday requested a prison sentence of six years and eight months for Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, known as Abu Omar, who is in Egypt. A verdict is expected next month in the fast-track trial.

Italy was investigating the former Milan imam when he was kidnapped. Twenty-six Americans, mostly CIA agents, were convicted of kidnapping.

The terrorism case against Nasr was dormant until prosecutors reactivated it last May.

After being kidnapped, Nasr was transferred to Egypt where he claims he was tortured. Italian prosecutors said Egypt did not respond to requests to question him or bring him to Italy for trial.