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Italy announced the hunt for the CIA

December 23 2005

In Milan court has issued Europe-wide arrest warrants for 22 agents of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), accused of Italy's involvement in the kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric in 2003.

Now the CIA operatives could be arrested in any of the 25 EU countries, reports AP. Earlier, the Italian judicial authorities have been issued warrants that allow agents to detain suspects only in Italy.

The state prosecutor in the case of Armando Spataru previously demanded the extradition of 22 CIA agents, but the Minister of Justice of Italy refused to send the appropriate request to the United States, requiring an additional trial.

22 CIA agent accused of Italian justice in the kidnapping of Egyptian Osama Mustafa Hassan priest Nasr, also known as Abu Omar. He is also suspected of terrorism.

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