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Published on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 by Reuters
MILAN - An Italian prosecutor called on Wednesday for 26 Americans, all but one believed to be members of the CIA, to be jailed for between 10 and 13 years each for the kidnapping of a terrorism suspect in 2003.
Public Prosecutor Armando Spataro also asked a
Nasr, also known as Abu Omar, was snatched from the streets of Milan six years ago and secretly flown for interrogation in Egypt, where he says he was tortured and held until 2007 without charge.
The trial is the most high profile case in
"Democracies are founded on principles that cannot be renounced even in moments of emergency. If we give up that vision we would have partly lost the fight against terrorism," Spataro told the court in his summary of the evidence.
"This was an unbearable blow to legality and fundamental human rights, unacceptable even in the interests of security."
None of the Americans is in
Prosecutors sought 12 years for the former chief of the
Spataro dropped charges against three of the seven Italian suspects after an earlier Constitutional Court ruling made evidence against them inadmissable as it broke state secrecy.
Prosecutors had used wiretaps on the spies and questioned them on classified matters, such as relations with the CIA.
Under the Bush administration, the
Egyptian-born Nasr, who was released from Egyptian custody in 2007, faces an arrest warrant in
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