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Italy Calls in US Ambassador in Imam Kidnapping Case

The Italian government has summoned the U.S. ambassador to demand an explanation of reports that Americans linked to the Central Intelligence Agency kidnapped a terrorism suspect in Milan.

Last week, an Italian judge ordered the arrest of 13 U.S. citizens allegedly involved in kidnapping, radical Muslim cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, also known as Abu Omar, in 2003. He was then transfered to Egypt, where the victim said he was tortured.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Carlo Giovanardi told Italy's Senate his country had no prior knowledge of the operation.

The minister said he expects the U.S. ambassador to answer the summons when he returns to Rome Friday.

Italian news reports say the cleric is wanted on terrorism charges.

The United States and Egyptian officials have declined to comment on the Italian charges.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.