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Egypt cleric claims CIA torture in 2003 rendition from Italy

[JURIST] Egyptian cleric Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive] said in a live television interview with Al Jazeera [report] Sunday that he was "savagely tortured by the CIA when kidnapped" [JURIST news archive; WP timeline] and taken from Milan to Egypt in 2003. Nasr, who has been at the heart of Italian judicial proceedings [JURIST report] against US and Italian intelligence agents implicated in his alleged kidnapping, did not say in the interview whether he was tortured during his four years of Egyptian imprisonment, although he alleged that previously [JURIST report]. He also personally revealed plans previously disclosed by his lawyer [JURIST report] to sue former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [JURIST news archive] for his participation in the abduction, as well as plans to seek monetary compensation from the US for his suffering.

Nasr was released from prison [JURIST report] earlier this month. The US State Department has refused to comment on his case. AP has more.

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