icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm
17 Feb, 2007 00:36

26 Americans to stand trial for alleged kidnapping

26 Americans to stand trial for alleged kidnapping

An Italian judge has ruled that 26 Americans, most of them believed to be CIA agents, should stand trial for kidnapping a Muslim cleric, Abu Omar, in Milan in 2003. The trial set to begin in June.

Terrorism suspect Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, also known as Abu Omar, says he was taken to Egypt and tortured.

Five Italians, allegedly involved in the kidnapping, also face charges.

The trial, which is set to begin in June, is the first criminal case over so-called U.S. “renditions”, the most controversial aspect of the war on terrorism, declared by U.S. President George Bush.

The suspected Americans have left for the U.S. but Washington is not expected to hand them over for the trial.