ROME, July 5 (UPI) -- Italy arrested two of its own intelligence agents Wednesday for their alleged roles in helping the CIA abduct an Egyptian Muslim cleric in Milan in 2003.
Investigators also issued arrest warrants for four U.S. citizens, including three CIA agents and an employee of the U.S. air base at Aviano in northern Italy, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.
Prosecutors in Milan say Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, a terror suspect also known as Abu Omar, was grabbed off the streets on Feb. 17, 2003, by a team of CIA operatives who flew him to two U.S. military bases and then on to Egypt where he claims he was tortured by Egyptian security agents.
At the time, Nasr, 43, was already being investigated by the Italian intelligence service, SISMI, for international terror links.
Last November, prosecutors requested the United States extradite 22 CIA agents accused of abducting Nasr, but then-Justice Minister Roberto Castelli refused to file the requests with the U.S. Justice Department.
Nasr remains jailed in Egypt.