Report: Proof of secret CIA jails in Europe

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11 June 2007, Paris (dpa) - A Council of Europe report made public Friday said that investigators have found proof that the CIA ran clandestine prisons for terrorist suspects in Europe with the full cooperation of government leaders, especially in Poland and Romania. The report, prepared by Dick Marty, a Swiss senator who is heading the investigation, said, "There is now enough evidence to state that secret detention facilities run by the CIA did exist in Europe from 2003 to 2005, in particular in Poland a

11 June 2007

Paris (dpa) - A Council of Europe report made public Friday said that investigators have found proof that the CIA ran clandestine prisons for terrorist suspects in Europe with the full cooperation of government leaders, especially in Poland and Romania.

The report, prepared by Dick Marty, a Swiss senator who is heading the investigation, said, "There is now enough evidence to state that secret detention facilities run by the CIA did exist in Europe from 2003 to 2005, in particular in Poland and Romania.

"We have also had clear and detailed confirmation from our own sources, in both the American intelligence services and the countries concerned, that the two countries did host secret detention centres under a special CIA programme established by the American administration in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, to 'kill, capture and detain' terrorist suspects deemed to be of 'high value'," the report claimed.

For example, Marty's report stated that investigators had received confirmation, "from more than one source," of eight names of "high-value detainees" that were held in Poland between 2003 and 2005.

CIA sources told Marty's investigators that Poland was the "black site" where both Abu Zubaydah and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed were held and questioned using "enhanced interrogation techniques," which is usually a euphemism for torture.

Abu Zubaydah was a leading member of Osama bin Laden's brain trust and the operations chief of al-Qaeda. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has admitted planning the September 11 attacks on the United States.

The report states that these secret prisons "were run directly and exclusively by the CIA" and that local staff performed only "purely logistical duties."

However, investigators had "sufficient grounds to declare that the highest state authorities were aware of the CIA's illegal activities on their territories."

The report said that former Polish president Aleksander Kwasniewski as well as the former and current presidents of Romania, Ion Iliescu and Traian Basescu, "could be held accountable for these activities" because they "knew about and authorized" them.

The report noted that the "rendition, abduction and detention of terrorist suspects" have always taken place outside US borders because they would have been "ruled unlawful and unconstitutional" by American courts.

"Obviously, these actions are also unacceptable under the laws of European countries, who nonetheless tolerated them or colluded actively in carrying them out," the report said.

"This export of illegal activities overseas is all the more shocking in that it shows fundamental contempt for the countries on whose territories it was decided to commit the relevant acts," it said.

In addition, the fact that these measures applied only to non-US citizens reflected "a kind of legal apartheid," the report said. The blame does not lie only with Americans, but also, "above all, with European political leaders who have knowingly acquiesced in this state of affairs."

Marty's report also criticized Germany and Italy for having "obstructed the search for the truth and continuing to do so by invoking the concept of 'state secrets'."

In an interview published Friday in the French daily Le Figaro, Marty said, "The United States wanted to impose a war without rules against terrorism. This policy ended in disaster."

DPA

Subject: German news

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