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Italy's highest court hears CIA kidnap arguments

Italy's highest court hears CIA kidnap arguments

Italy's highest court heard arguments Tuesday on a government motion to throw out charges against 26 Americans accused of involvement in the alleged CIA kidnapping of a terror suspect in Milan.
The government says the Milan judge who issued the indictments unlawfully relied on classified information to justify them.
It was not clear when the court would issue a decision, officials said.
The trial in Milan was suspended until March 18 pending the ruling by the Constitutional Court, which has delayed a decision several times.
The American suspects _ all but one identified by prosecutors as CIA agents _ are being tried in absentia. They are accused of kidnapping an Egyptian terror suspect from a Milan street on Feb. 17, 2003 in an "extraordinary rendition" operation coordinated by the CIA and Italian intelligence.
Seven Italians are also charged. The Italian government denies any role in the operation.
Italian prosecutors say Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, also known as Abu Omar, was then transferred to U.S. bases in Italy and Germany before being moved to Egypt, where he was imprisoned for four years. Nasr, who has been released, said he was tortured.