CIA torture flight allegations 'are credible'

12th December 2005, Comments 0 comments

13 December 2005, MADRID — An investigator said allegations the CIA abducted and illegally transported terror suspects across European borders are credible.

13 December 2005

MADRID — An investigator said allegations the CIA abducted and illegally transported terror suspects across European borders are credible.

Swiss senator Dick Marty has submitted a report on the claims, made in the media, to a meeting of the human rights committee of the Council of Europe.

The move comes after Spanish foreign minister Miguel Angel Moratinos denied any knowledge of a CIA flight which stopped off at Barcelona.

Moratinos said: "We had no news about this plane, which apparently landed in October, when I gave my November address, and that is why I offered no information about it."

Earlier, the Turkish foreign minister Abdula Gul said a DHC-8 flight had arrived in Istanbul on 31 October after stopping off at Barcelona airport.

The plane was on its way to Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan.

Until this claim, it had only been disclosed that CIA flights had stopped at Majorca and the Canary Islands, as well as other European airports.

The flight was said to have returned to Istanbul on 15 November, then flew on to  Schipol airport in Amsterdam.

From there it is said to have flown to Iceland before returning to Florida in the US.

It opened the possibility that there have been more CIA flights through Spain.

Last month, Moratinos told Parliament there had been 24 stopover flights by the CIA in Spain, but only said they went through Majorca and the Canary Islands.

The Spanish daily El Pais reported it had seen secret Guardia Civil reports which said that police either did not know or had ignored the condition of any passengers aboard these flights.

US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice last week admitted there had been CIA flights through European airports but denied any prisoners were tortured.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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