Inquiry into alleged CIA flight over Belgium
20 February 2006, BRUSSELS — The Belgian government is investigating claims a secret CIA flight carrying a detainee made a stopover at the Deurne Airport in Antwerp.
20 February 2006
BRUSSELS — The Belgian government is investigating claims a secret CIA flight carrying a detainee made a stopover at the Deurne Airport in Antwerp.
Federal Transport Minister Renaat Landuyt announced the investigation following a report published in Dutch newspaper 'NRC Handelsblad'.
The newspaper said a US flight landed at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam on 20 July 2002. Two months later, the same plane was used to transport terror detainee Maher Arar to a Syrian jail for questioning.
Flemish Transport Minister Kris Peeters later confirmed the private jet also made a stopover at Antwerp on 20 July 2002.
However, it is not certain whether the same plane made a stopover in Antwerp two months later, an issue Minister Landuyt is now investigating.
"An initial investigation has indicated that no CIA flight with prisoners flew over Belgium. But every time we receive a report such as that one in the Dutch newspaper, it is investigated," Landuyt said.
He also said that it's possible that incidents took place without the government's knowledge, newspaper 'De Standaard' reported on Saturday.
Amnesty International has identified the flight by the number N924MG.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news