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Public prosecutors in Italy have urged a court in Milan to jail 26 Americans over their "grave crime" of kidnapping a terrorism suspect in a 2003 CIA operation.


Public prosecutors in Italy have called upon a Milan court to issue the arrest warrant for the CIA agents who participated in a 2003 kidnapping operation, as part of US "renditions" of terrorism suspect authorized by former US administration, which led to the detention and "harsh" interrogation of the Egyptian Muslim cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, aka Abu Omar.


The Italian lawyers are seeking sentences of between 10 and 13 years for the US agents.

They also want 13 years for the former head of Italy’s secret service, Nicolo Pollari.

The trial is the most high profile case in Europe to challenge the extra-judicial transfers also known as "renditions".

Under renditions program, the US spy agency relocated suspects to a third country where torture was exercised as an attempt to outsource the afflicting practice, human rights activists say.

It centres on the abduction of the Muslim Cleric Abu Omar, who was snatched off the streets of Milan in 2003 and secretly flown to Egypt for interrogation.

He says he was tortured and held until 2007 without charge.

The US government has refrained to extradite the accused American "criminals" to Italy in order for them to give evidence on Abu Omar case.

None of them are at the trial.

The last Bush administration admitted using Rendition as part of its so called "War on Terror".

Armando Spataro, a leading prosecutor on the case has also accused Italian governments of failing to formally request the extradition of the US spies and said that the presence of the American "fugitives" was necessary in order to provide more testimonies for CIA’s international undercover activities.