- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 18, 2009

MILAN (AP) - A Milan judge says the trial of 26 Americans and seven Italians charged in the kidnapping of a terrorism suspect will resume next month.

At a hearing on Wednesday, judge Oscar Magi postponed the trial until April 22 pending the full ruling from Italy’s Constitutional Court. The high court has thrown out key evidence in the case, saying some evidence was classified. But the impact on the kidnapping trial won’t be clear until the court’s reasoning is published.

Prosecutor Armando Spataro has said he is convinced the trial will eventually go on.

The defendants are charged with kidnapping Egyptian cleric Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr from a Milan street allegedly as part of the CIA’s extraordinary renditions program. He has since been released.

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