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Former Italy secret service chief probed for corruption

Nicolo' Pollari awaiting retrial for role in CIA snatch case

Former Italy secret service chief probed for corruption

Naples, November 22 - Italy's former secret service chief Nicolo' Pollari, known for his role in the CIA abduction of Muslim cleric Hassan Mustafa Omar Nasr, is under investigation for alleged corruption. The case regards members of Italy's financial police (GdF) accused of renting property from Naples realtor Achille D'Avanzo at exorbitant rates. Search warrants have targeted General Walter Cretella Lombardo, GdF commander of the Veneto region, and D'Avanzo. Investigators are looking at Pollari's role in the purchase of real estate in Rome. Before becoming a State councillor, Pollari headed what was the SISMI intelligence agency, which is now the AISE. He and his ex-No.2, Marco Mancini, are currently awaiting a retrial at the Milan Court of Appeals for their role in the abduction of Nasr from Milan, a case which grabbed headlines in 2003. The two have twice been acquitted on appeal in the past because of a State-secrecy injunction. In September, Italy's top court of appeals upheld the convictions of 22 CIA agents and a retired US air force officer in the case and has requested their extradition.

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