Clear up CIA 'kidnappings', Amnesty tells EU

20th June 2006, Comments 0 comments

20 June 2006, VIENNA - Amnesty International called on the EU on Tuesday to make CIA "kidnappings" of terrorist suspects and the closure of the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba central points of Wednesday's summit in Vienna with US President George W Bush.

20 June 2006

VIENNA - Amnesty International called on the EU on Tuesday to make CIA "kidnappings" of terrorist suspects and the closure of the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba central points of Wednesday's summit in Vienna with US President George W Bush.

Amnesty's Austrian chief Heinz Patzelt said the EU states must unequivocally declare themselves opposed to the practices of the CIA with regard to terrorist suspects and commit themselves to preventing further abductions or the operating of secret prisons in Europe.

"In this we expect clear words from EU Council President Wolfgang Schuessel to the US government," said Patzelt in a press statement. Washington, on its side, must no longer refuse cooperation in clarifying the matter of alleged CIA prisons and the transporting of terrorist suspects on European soil.

Amnesty also called on Austrian Chancellor Schuessel, whose country currently holds the EU presidency, to press for controls of US prison camps by independent observers, and for access for physicians and psychologists.

Schuessel should further demand the extradition of 22 presumed CIA agents suspected of having taken part in the kidnapping of a radical Egyptian imam in Italy. Foreign secret services must be suitably controlled by their parliaments so that Europe did not become their "playground."

Two weeks ago, Council of Europe investigator Dick Marty came to the conclusion that the US had set up a "spider's web" of take-off and landing spots around the globe to transport terrorist suspects.

Marty's report implicated 14 European countries including Romania, Poland and Germany. He said there were no proofs, but a number of indicators of the existence of secret US prisons. His accusations were rejected by the US and some of the other countries named.

DPA

Subject: German news

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