By Steve Hendricks
Presents a close account of the occasions surrounding the abduction of Abu Omar, an intensive Muslim chief, in Milan, Italy, and then he used to be despatched to be tortured in Egypt, and examines efforts of Italian investigators and the CIA's position within the events.
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Later he would not be able to say quite what he had expected, but the abruptness and ferocity were such a shock that his mind’s ability to receive information seems to have been rattled out of him. Of the man in the passenger’s seat, he would later be able to say only that he was puffy-faced and very tan or dark-skinned—Arab, if he had to guess. The men who had grabbed Abu Omar were nothing but heaving arms—faceless, incorporeal, more force than human. Abu Omar, he thought, had neither resisted nor shouted.
Criminals are among those who stay, so lawmen do too. That August, while their wives were in diaspora, Ludwig and Bob often met for lunch or dinner in Piazza Risorgimento, which was in a more pleasant quarter than Dergano. They favored a pizzeria named Tosca, whose virtues included tables that, unlike in most Milanese restaurants, did not abut conjugally. At Tosca a gentlewoman might venture to the powder room without having to choose between sucking in her intestines or becoming intimate with the shoulder blades of six strangers, and a cop and a spy could talk business without holding a town hall meeting.
In his crackdown, Mubarak killed at least several hundred people and probably thousands. His interior minister, Zaki Badr, said that if he had his way, he would kill every Islamist militant in Egypt. “I only want to kill one percent of the population,” he explained moderately. By 1997, Mubarak had crippled Gamaa, and a large faction of its leaders struck the same deal with him that the Muslim Brotherhood had with Sadat—renouncing violence for parole. Not all of Gamaa’s leaders supported the accord.
A kidnapping in Milan : the CIA on trial by Steve Hendricks