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Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, also known as Abu Omar, was allegedly snatched from a
It is expected to be the first criminal trial over "renditions", one of the most controversial aspects of the Bush administration's "war on terror".
The trial will be the biggest ever of US intelligence agents in an allied country, although they will almost certainly be tried in absentia.
The Italian government has not yet sought the US citizens' extradition.
Bob Seldon Lady, the former CIA station chief in
All of the
Alessia Sorgato, a lawyer who represents three Americans, said she was happy about the ruling because she would be able to fully argue the case in court.
Judge Caterina Interlandi ordered the trial to start on June 8.
An Italian policeman, Luciano Pironi, has recieved a 21-month prison sentence as part of a plea-bargain deal after admitting stopping Omar on the street so the CIA could grab him.
He says the CIA told him they were trying to recruit Omar and that the operation was approved by
Pollari says Italian military intelligence did nothing wrong but has not co-operated with the court, saying the evidence is covered by the state secrets act.
Omar said he was snatched from a
The cleric is thought to have been taken to the
Omar was released from prison on Sunday and says he would like to return to
"I have been reduced to a wreck of a human being," he told ANSA news agency after his release.
The European Parliament approved a report on Wednesday that said governments in the region helped conceal secret
And prosecutors elsewhere in
This week, the Swiss government approved prosecutors' plans to investigate the flight that allegedly took Omar over Swiss air space from