Several of Italy’s secret services leaders have been sacked following a series of scandals. Among them is the head of the military secret services, Nicolo Pollari, who is being replaced by Admiral Bruno Brandiforte. Pollari is at the centre of several scandals, including allegations that his services helped kidnap a terrorism suspect in Milan in 2003. He is also accused of paying journalists to plant stories and spy on magistrates.
Prosecutors say Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr was seized in Milan, taken to a US airbase in northern Italy and then flown to Egypt where he claims he was tortured. Arrest warrants have also been issued against 26 American citizens. If a judge authorises a trial, it would be the first criminal prosecution against the Bush administration’s renditions programme, one of the most controversial aspects of the war on terror.