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Released Egyptian cleric plans lawsuit against US, Italy

[JURIST] Freed Egyptian cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive], the victim of an alleged 2003 CIA kidnapping [JURIST news archive; WP timeline] and extraordinary rendition [JURIST news archive] from Milan, is planning a lawsuit against the United States and Italy, according to his lawyer Montasser al-Zayat [Arab News profile]. Zayat told the Washington Post Monday after Nasr's release [JURIST report] that he would be seeking damages for kidnapping, moral and financial losses, and psychological trauma.

Italian prosecutors have already accused [JURIST report] 25 alleged CIA operatives in connection with Nasr's kidnapping, but no indictments have yet been issued. Zayat said his client also planned to sue former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile], whom he accuses of giving free rein to the CIA. The Washington Post has more.

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