Nasr, a terrorist suspect also known as Abu Omar, was kidnapped from a Milan street and then allegedly flown to Egypt where he was tortured. Castelli, together with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [official profile], has suggested that pushing the case forward may hurt US-Italian ties. Berlusconi is a staunch US ally, but has in the past warned the US [JURIST report] to respect Italian sovereignty in the investigation. In November, Castelli suggested that principal prosecutor Armando Spataro was a leftist animated by "anti-Americanism" [JURIST report] in his pursuit of the case. AP has more.
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