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Court rules CIA prosecutors breached state secrecy

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In what could be a potentially fatal blow to a kidnap case against the CIA, Italy’s highest court has ruled prosecutors breached state secrecy laws.

The criminal trial centres around an alleged CIA-led abduction of a Muslim imam off the streets of Milan in 2003. Abu Omar claims he was flown to Egypt and tortured under interrogation and later held for years without charge. But, after appealing, the constitutional court sided with the Italian government saying prosecutors had wrongly used classified materials to get the case to trial. The decision has raised doubts whether the extraordinary rendition case against 26 Americans and seven Italians will be shelved once proceedings resume on March 18th.