An Italian judge said
Monday it is likely that Italy's military intelligence agency was aware
of, or maybe even complicit in, the CIA-led kidnapping of an Egyptian
terrorism suspect from the streets of Milan.
The Milan judge
said, however, that state secrecy drew "a sort of black curtain" around
the role of Italy's secret services in the kidnapping, making it
impossible to reach a legal decision regarding the responsibility of
Judge Oscar Magi made the comments in the
217-page reasoning for his November guilty verdicts against 23
Americans and two Italians in the 2003 kidnapping of the Egyptian
cleric. The convictions remain the first legal convictions anywhere in
the world involving the CIA's extraordinary renditions program.
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