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Italian court begins deliberations on CIA case

Italian court begins deliberations on CIA case

Italy's Constitutional Court began deliberations Wednesday on a government motion to throw out charges against 26 Americans accused of involvement in an alleged CIA kidnapping of an Egyptian terror suspect in Milan in 2003.
Court officials said Wednesday there was no indication when a decision might come.
The government argued that the Milan judge who issued the indictments unlawfully relied on classified information.
Constitutional Court judges heard final arguments in a closed-door session Tuesday. The trial in Milan has been suspended until March 18 pending the ruling by the 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. Seven Italians are also charged.
The Italian government denies any involvement in the Feb. 17, 2003 abduction on a Milan street of Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, also known as Abu Omar. The CIA has declined to comment on the case.
The Americans are accused of kidnapping the suspect in an "extraordinary rendition" operation coordinated by the CIA and Italian intelligence.