Italy removes intelligence chief linked to CIA abduction case Joshua Pantesco at 7:56 AM ET
[JURIST] The Italian cabinet met Monday to relieve the head of Italy's intelligence agency of his duties, a move prompted by suspicions that he was involved in the alleged 2003 CIA kidnapping [JURIST news archive; WP timeline] of Egyptian cleric Moustafa Hassan Nasr [Wikipedia profile]. Nicolo Pollari, now the former head of the Italian Intelligence and Security Services (SISMI) [official website], has testified before parliamentary committees, denying the allegations [JURIST report] that he assisted the CIA with the alleged extraordinary rendition.
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