No Belgian inquiries into secret CIA flights
8 March 2006, BRUSSELS — The Belgian intelligence services have conducted only cursory investigations into whether secret CIA flights carrying terror suspects passed through Belgium, it was claimed on Tuesday.
8 March 2006
BRUSSELS — The Belgian intelligence services have conducted only cursory investigations into whether secret CIA flights carrying terror suspects passed through Belgium, it was claimed on Tuesday.
Moreover, the federal government never instructed the nation's intelligence services to conduct investigations, news agency Belga claimed on Tuesday.
The news agency cited a classified report from the security service's supervisory body, Committee I. Belga has obtained a copy of the report.
The report indicates that Belgium's intelligence services have barely bothered to conduct investigations because they were never officially commissioned to do so.
The former chief of the security service VS-SE, Koen Dassen, is reported to have lodged cursory questions with the CIA, but was never given a "no comment" answer.
The lack of inquiries comes despite explicit requests from the Council of Europe for member states to investigate claims of secret CIA flights.
And the federal government is adamant that that it did ask the security services to investigate the matter.
The government informed the Council of Europe late February that — with current knowledge — no CIA flights took place via Belgium. However, investigations are continuing.
Senate president Anne-Marie Lizin claims that two suspicious flights took place in 2002 via the Deurne Airport at Antwerp.
However, further investigations must be conducted to determine whether they were CIA flights. The results of these inquiries are expected in a couple of weeks.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news