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Egyptian cleric in Italy CIA rendition unable to identify abductors

[JURIST] Egyptian cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive] said in an interview [Der Spiegel report] published Monday that he will be unable to identify the alleged CIA kidnappers who he says abducted him from Italy in 2003 [JURIST news archive; WP time line] because they wore face masks. He said he would like to serve as a witness if and when the case goes to trial, but expressed doubt that Egyptian authorities would allow him to leave the country.

Last month, Nasr claimed in a live television interview with Al Jazeera [Al Jazeera report; JURIST report] that he was "savagely tortured by the CIA when kidnapped." Nasr was released from prison [JURIST report] in mid-February. The US State Department [official website] has refused to comment on his case. AP has more.

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