Lawyer claims imam kidnapped by CIA in Italy was beaten in US custody Tom Henry at 12:35 PM ET
[JURIST] The lawyer for Moustafa Hassan Nasr [Wikipedia profile], the Egyptian cleric who CIA operatives allegedly kidnapped and moved out of Italy [JURIST news archive] to Egypt in 2003 in an instance of extraordinary rendition [JURIST news archive], has claimed that Nasr was physically beaten while in US custody. Montasser Zayat [Wikipedia profile] told Knight Ridder newspapers that Nasr informed him of the abuse in meetings in March and April, his first meetings with a lawyer since his 2003 abduction. Zayat also said that Nasr detailed his torture at the hands of Egyptian detention personnel who allegedly stripped most of his clothes away and interrogated him while he was blindfolded and bound.
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