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Italian Prosecutors Seek Extradition of 22 Suspects in CIA Kidnapping Case

Italian prosecutors are seeking the extradition of 22 suspects on charges of playing a role in the reported CIA kidnapping of a radical Muslim cleric in 2003.

Italian officials say Justice Minister Roberto Castelli is to decide whether to ask the United States to extradite the suspects believed to be involved in the kidnapping of Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr from a Milan street.

Italian courts earlier this year issued warrants for the 22 in connection with the kidnapping. The cleric was later transferred to Egypt, where he claims he was tortured. Italian news reports have said the cleric is wanted in Italy on terrorism charges.

In July, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi summoned the U.S. ambassador and demanded that the United States fully respect his country's sovereignty.

American and Egyptian officials have declined to comment on the Italian charges.

Some information for this story provided by AP and Reuters.