By Steve Hendricks
Offers an in depth account of the occasions surrounding the abduction of Abu Omar, a thorough Muslim chief, in Milan, Italy, and then he was once despatched to be tortured in Egypt, and examines efforts of Italian investigators and the CIA's position within the events.
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He jumped, and Abu Omar did too. In the next moment, or maybe it was the same, the sliding cargo door of the van tore open with a great rip and crash, and two men leaned out of the hold, grabbed Abu Omar by the shoulders and torso, and heaved him from the ground. They had him inside the van in a second—two seconds at most—and the door slammed shut as quickly as it had opened. A moment later the van’s motor started and the van jerked back into the street, then sped north up Via Guerzoni. Ludwig remained on the sidewalk, slack-jawed, Abu Omar’s papers in one hand, the cell phone in the other.
So Stocky would loop around to the two-way portion of Guerzoni, overtake Abu Omar, and stop halfway down the block. There between the high walls a white cargo van would be parked on the sidewalk. Ludwig would get out, stop Abu Omar, and keep him by the van. Stocky said all of this briefly and then said no more. He was a rationer of words and had reached his quota. His Italian was flawless, which led Ludwig to think that if he was a foreigner, he was a well-practiced one. Some minutes later, a call came on Stocky’s phone.
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.
A kidnapping in Milan : the CIA on trial by Steve Hendricks