'At least two' secret CIA flights in Belgium
9 March 2006, BRUSSELS — At least two secret CIA flights have passed through Belgium, a newspaper report claimed on Thursday.
9 March 2006
BRUSSELS — At least two secret CIA flights have passed through Belgium, a newspaper report claimed on Thursday.
The assertion was made by the French-language daily 'Le Soir', which cited information from a highly placed federal public servant.
The paper said the first flight took place on 17 July 2002 via the Deurne Airport in Antwerp. A second CIA flight passed through the airport three days later.
The plane was a Gulfstream III, which has been used on other occasions by the CIA for the transport of terror suspects, Le Soir reported.
The newspaper said despite the fact it could not produce a lease contract for the plane or determine the nature of the mission, it stressed that the plane was involved in secret activities of the US intelligence service.
The Senate leader of the Liberal Reform Movement MR, Christine Defraigne, said it is also possible that other flights took place.
Defraigne is a member of the Senate commission that steers the Committee I, the intelligence service's supervisory body.
Senate president Anne-Marie Lizin, who is also a member of the Senate commission, said various officials around the Belgian intelligence service were absolutely convinced after the 11 September attacks that Belgium needed to help the US.
She said that as a matter of consequence, that assistance was given.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news