Den muslimske predikanten som ble bortført fra Milanos gater og ført til Egypt i februar 2003, er nå satt fri. Italienske myndigheter vurderer å reise sak mot et titall navngitte CIA-agenter.

CAIRO, Egypt – An Egyptian Muslim preacher allegedly kidnapped by
CIA agents off the streets of an Italian city and taken to Egypt has been released, his lawyer and a security official said Monday.

Attorney Montasser al-Zayat said Osama Hassan Mustafa Nasr, known as Abu Omar, was ordered freed Sunday by an Egyptian State Security Court that found his detention in Egypt «unfounded.»

Al-Zayat said Nasr was released at a police station in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria. A security official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, confirmed the court’s ruling and Abu Omar’s release.

«He was freed and he is now at his family home Alexandria,» al-Zayat told The Associated Press. «I talked to him, and he is fine, but said he wants to have some rest.»

Nasr was allegedly abducted from a Milan street in February 2003 and flown out of Italy and taken to Egypt, where he says he was tortured.

The security official said Nasr will remain in Egypt and will not be sent back to Italy.