Belgium not implicated in CIA rendition flights

7th June 2006, Comments 0 comments

7 June 2006, BRUSSELS — Belgium was not one of the 14 European countries that co-operated with the US in secret CIA flights for terror suspects, a report from Europe's human rights watchdog has revealed.

7 June 2006

BRUSSELS — Belgium was not one of the 14 European countries that co-operated with the US in secret CIA flights for terror suspects, a report from Europe's human rights watchdog has revealed.

The Council of Europe report by Swiss MP Dick Marty also says there is evidence to support suspicions that secret CIA camps are or were located in Poland and Romania.

Both countries have strongly denied the allegation in the past, while the US admits to picking up terrorism suspects, but denies sending them to Arab nations to face torture.

Drawn up after a seven month inquiry that started in November 2005, Marty's report will be presented to the Council of Europe later on Wednesday.

An advance copy of the report obtained by the BBC indicates that European countries actively participated with the CIA in renditions of terror suspects, while other countries simply ignored them.

Countries such as Spain, Turkey, Britain, Germany and Cyprus allegedly provided "staging posts" for rendition operations. Poland and Romania are accused of tolerating secret CIA prisons within their territory.

In total, 14 European countries are accused of co-operating with the US and its rendition operations, but Belgium is not among them.

This is despite the fact suspicions have been raised in recent months about a plane that landed at the Deurne Airport in Antwerp twice in 2002.

The Belgian government has previously denied any secret CIA flights have passed through Belgium.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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