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'Imprisonment has left me a wreak,' [sic] says Muslim cleric
Daily Mail ^ | 2/12/07

Posted on 02/12/2007 4:13:14 PM PST by LibWhacker

A Muslim cleric freed from prison in Egypt on Sunday four years after he was grabbed in a Milan street in a suspected CIA kidnapping says the ordeal had made him a wreck.

Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, also known as Abu Omar, has alleged that Egyptian guards tortured him with electric shocks, beatings, rape threats and genital abuse.

He said after his release he had no plans to return to his former home in Italy to give evidence, as a judge considers indicting 26 Americans on charges related to the kidnapping.

"I've been reduced to a wreck of a human being," said Nasr.

"I cannot speak. I cannot leave the country. I don't want to go to prison again."

A judge has issued an arrest warrant for Nasr in Italy arising from an investigation into his possible links to terrorist activities, including recruiting combatants for Iraq.

While the investigation into Nasr's possible criminal role is still inconclusive, prosecutors say they have evidence to convict the Americans, including the former CIA chief in Italy, for kidnapping the imam in Milan in February 2003.

They also want to try six Italians, including the former head of military intelligence, for helping the CIA.

Asked whether Nasr would remain silent about what had happened to him in detention, lawyer Montasser al-Zayat told Reuters in Egypt that he had "(chosen) to live, and avoid the painful years he's lived through... he wants to raise his children".

However Zayat, in comments to Italian agencies, reiterated plans to sue former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Berlusconi has denied any knowledge of a plan to kidnap Nasr, but kept files about the case classified.

Prime Minister Romano Prodi said in an interview with an Indian newspaper published at the weekend that his government opposed renditions, one of the most controversial aspects of US President George W. Bush's "war on terrorism".

Prodi confirmed that he had decided to keep some documents classified that were related to the case because he was bound by a law protecting state secrets.

"My government is against any rendition but the case that you refer to concerns state secrets," Prodi told the Hindu.

"According to the rules, these files cannot be made public and I have reconfirmed that.

There are still discussions on this subject, but for the moment I have not changed the policy of my predecessor."

Asked whether he was using state secrets to cover up illegal activity, Prodi said: "I am not covering up anything. It is a case of continuity."

Zayat told Reuters on Sunday that a court had ordered Nasr to be freed, and the Interior Ministry had complied.

While Nasr was initially charged with membership of an illegal organisation, the charges were later dropped and he was briefly released in April 2004 before being detained without charge under Egypt's emergency laws.

His lawyer had said he believed Nasr was re-arrested after ignoring warnings not to speak to anyone about the kidnapping and rendition.

He had called his wife and friends in Italy, recounted details of the abduction which were recorded in police wiretaps and helped Milan prosecutors reconstruct the kidnapping.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cleric; imprisonment; muslim; wreck

1 posted on 02/12/2007 4:13:17 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker
A judge has issued an arrest warrant for Nasr in Italy arising from an investigation into his possible links to terrorist activities, including recruiting combatants for Iraq. While the investigation into Nasr's possible criminal role is still inconclusive, prosecutors say they have evidence to convict the Americans, including the former CIA chief in Italy, for kidnapping the imam in Milan in February 2003.

Idiots, they can't have it both ways.

2 posted on 02/12/2007 4:16:08 PM PST by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: LibWhacker

Poor little terror-wreak.


3 posted on 02/12/2007 4:16:10 PM PST by pax_et_bonum (I will always love you, Flyer.)
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To: LibWhacker
has alleged that Egyptian guards tortured him with electric shocks, beatings, rape threats and genital abuse.

He does not know how lucky he is.....

his torture could have included the much feared, "panties on the head" treatment.

4 posted on 02/12/2007 4:18:57 PM PST by LasVegasMac (Islam........not fit for human consumption.)
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To: LibWhacker

Isn't that kind of the point of imprisonment?


5 posted on 02/12/2007 4:25:55 PM PST by My2Cents ("I support the right-ward most candidate who has a legitimate chance to win." -- W.F. Buckley)
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To: LibWhacker

Cry me a river...


6 posted on 02/12/2007 4:26:36 PM PST by SomeoneNeedsToSayIt (Socialism: If we ALL can’t be wealthy… we ALL will be poor…)
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To: LibWhacker

Boo hoo.


7 posted on 02/12/2007 4:31:33 PM PST by SIDENET (No votes for RINOs.)
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To: LasVegasMac

"has alleged that Egyptian guards tortured him with electric shocks, beatings, rape threats and genital abuse."

He is probably telling the truth about what was done to him. Consider the recent video of a girl tourtured into a murder confession. Still, what was done to him beats having your head cut off slowly with a rusty saw.


8 posted on 02/12/2007 4:42:12 PM PST by Pete from Shawnee Mission
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To: LibWhacker
He shoud consider himself lucky:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1783531/posts

9 posted on 02/12/2007 4:42:32 PM PST by Michael.SF. (It's time our lawmakers paid more attention to their responsibilities, and less to their privileges.)
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To: LibWhacker
He shoud consider himself lucky:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1783531/posts

10 posted on 02/12/2007 4:43:04 PM PST by Michael.SF. (It's time our lawmakers paid more attention to their responsibilities, and less to their privileges.)
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To: LibWhacker

wrecked 'im? It destroyed 'im!


11 posted on 02/12/2007 4:44:30 PM PST by Alouette (Learned Mother of Zion)
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To: LibWhacker

If he's not a terrorist or sympathizer why does he have an alias?


12 posted on 02/12/2007 4:49:49 PM PST by wildbill
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To: Pete from Shawnee Mission
He is probably telling the truth about what was done to him.

I am sure he is.

wait....wait...still looking.....nope.....no compassion found. My bad.

But if he would've mentioned the "panty on head" treatment, then by God it would be time to do something about the mistreatment of this poor soul.......

.......hurl

13 posted on 02/12/2007 4:52:50 PM PST by LasVegasMac (Islam........not fit for human consumption.)
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To: pax_et_bonum

With all the bad news these days, it's nice to come upon some uplifting, happy news like this.


14 posted on 02/12/2007 4:54:39 PM PST by Colorado Doug
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To: LibWhacker

Burp! Time for another beer.


15 posted on 02/12/2007 4:54:47 PM PST by chiefqc
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To: LibWhacker

"I've been reduced to a wreck of a human being," said Nasr.

Hmmmm. My guess would be that that's where you STARTED.


16 posted on 02/12/2007 4:55:59 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: LasVegasMac

17 posted on 02/12/2007 4:59:03 PM PST by knarf (Islamists kill each other ... News wall-to-wall, 24/7 .. don't touch that dial.)
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To: LibWhacker
Hey Mr. Arab Terrorist.....I mean Imam. Sure sucks to be you. Ha-Ha.
Nelson Muntz
18 posted on 02/12/2007 5:03:50 PM PST by joebuck
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To: Jeff Head

another lying sack of camel semen.


19 posted on 02/12/2007 5:16:42 PM PST by xcamel (Press to Test, Release to Detonate)
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To: knarf

yours is mo' better!


20 posted on 02/12/2007 5:54:51 PM PST by LasVegasMac (Islam........not fit for human consumption.)
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To: LasVegasMac

Do an Abby Hoffman


21 posted on 02/12/2007 6:47:23 PM PST by knarf (Islamists kill each other ... News wall-to-wall, 24/7 .. don't touch that dial.)
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To: Colorado Doug
With all the bad news these days, it's nice to come upon some uplifting, happy news like this.

lol!!!

23 posted on 02/12/2007 7:18:50 PM PST by pax_et_bonum (I will always love you, Flyer.)
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To: LibWhacker

Sing friggin' loi!


24 posted on 02/12/2007 7:20:46 PM PST by Redleg Duke (Heaven is home...I am just TDY here!)
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To: LasVegasMac

Me too ... he wrote "Steal This Book" ... my comment was meant for you to click properties and copy the gif ... I stole that one some months ago from another FreepeR.


25 posted on 02/12/2007 7:58:48 PM PST by knarf (Islamists kill each other ... News wall-to-wall, 24/7 .. don't touch that dial.)
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To: knarf
Gotcha.......

Thanks

26 posted on 02/12/2007 10:20:28 PM PST by LasVegasMac (Islam........not fit for human consumption.)
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