The trial of 33 suspected U.S. and Italian intelligence agents for allegedly kidnapping an Egyptian cleric opened today, the same day U.S. President George W. Bush is due to arrive in Rome.Hey, why not stream line the process???
Twenty-five suspected Central Intelligence Agency operatives, a U.S. military officer, Italy's former spy chief, Nicolo Pollari, and six other Italians are accused of kidnapping Osama Mustafa Hassan Nasr in 2003. The case is the first over a practice called extraordinary rendition, in which the U.S. sends suspected terrorists to other countries without trial.
Defense lawyers today asked the Milan judge hearing the case to delay proceedings pending a ruling from Italy's constitutional court. Judge Oscar Magi said he will rule on June 18, the trial's next meeting date, whether to proceed with the case or wait for the high court to determine if documents and testimony used as evidence are covered by state secrecy rules.
``We don't know what material we can use for the defense,'' Pollari's lawyer, Titta Madia, told Magi during the proceedings today. ``The main pieces of evidence in the case are still under review for their admissibility.''
The defendants are accused by prosecutors of involvement in the abduction of Nasr, also known as Abu Omar. The cleric was flown to Egypt and tortured during questioning, prosecutors say.
``The offense is a crime against the fundamental rights of an individual,'' prosecutor Armando Spataro said.
[ cf Italian Court Opens Trial of CIA Agents, Ex-Spy Chief (Update1) ( emphasis Mine) ]
The Italians could specially render the defendents to say Syrian, and see if the Syrians can learn more, by torturing the defendents, than would be found by mere legal practices.
And that would help smooth over any ruffled feathers about upholding law stuff in a time of the americans transferring their tax liabilities unto the Unborn...
Or better yet, ship them to GitMo, where we know that the More Truthier Legal Stuff will be truthier than anything that would be done in an italian court.
Hum, would this be a bad time to tie in the other parts here? Like the fact that even the Italian Papparatzi driven scandal rags were not willing to publish the 'nigerian yellow cake' forgeries that the american president would use in his State of the Union address that lead to the plamgate crisis????
Or would that just be pilling on here?