Ten airports were used for 125 secret CIA flights
15 June 2006, BRUSSELS — An investigation into secret CIA rendition flights to European countries has found 125 passed through ten Spanish airports.
15 June 2006
BRUSSELS — An investigation into secret CIA rendition flights to European countries has found 125 passed through ten Spanish airports.
The European Parliament said CIA flights landed in Palma in Majorca, Tenerife, Valencia, Alicante, Madrid, Barcelona, Malaga, Seville, Ibiza and Vigo.
Claudio Fava, who is carrying out the inquiry, said they took place between 2002 and 2005.
The majority passed through Palma, heading for Iraq, Libya, Djibuti or Egypt.
Flights through Tenerife were heading towards Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, Libya, Guinea or towards Ghana.
Fava named some of the terrorist suspects who were allegedly transported on these flights.
They included Abu Omar, Maher Ararm Jaled el Masri, Ahmed al Giza and Mohamed al Zari.
But he said there was not "irrefutable" evidence that these prisoners had been transported as prisoners on these flights.
A total of 16 CIA flights went through Valencia, many on the same route between the Azores-Valencia-Luxor in Egypt and back.
The first happened in 2002 and the last in 2004.
Flights from Málaga went to Senegal in December 2003.
Other flights were heading for "normal" destinations like Londonderry in Northern Ireland or Stephenville in Canada, Flava said.
There were flights through Madrid went to Luxor in December 2003 or from the Azores in July 2003.
Flights to Ibiza went to Rabat in Morocco or Libya, while those through Vigo headed to Geneva, before heading to Gambia.
Barcelona airport was a hub for flights to the Azores and Washington.
From Alicante, other flights went towards Egypt before returning to Canada.
Seville was used as a stop-off point for flights to the Azores, Frankfurt, Greece and Palma.
The details were obtained through the Eurocontrol agency which monitors all flights through the continent.
Washington has disputed the claims about the CIA flights.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news