‘Extraordinary Rendition’ on Trial
Posted on Feb 16, 2007
An Italian judge has decided to go forward with the first criminal trial of extraordinary rendition. Twenty-six Americans and five Italians—including the former head of military intelligence—have been indicted and ordered to stand trial for the abduction of an Egyptian cleric who was detained and allegedly tortured in Cairo.
Osama Mustafa Hassan was allegedly seized by the CIA and flown to Egypt, where he says he was tortured.
Five Italians were also indicted by the judge, including Italy’s ex-military intelligence chief, Nicolo Pollari.
The case would be the first criminal trial over the secret US practice known as “extraordinary rendition”.
During rendition, people suspected of involvement in terror activities are taken from one country and flown to another, where many claim they are tortured.