US refuses to confirm Guantánamo transfer claim

29th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

29 November 2007, Madrid - The United States has neither confirmed nor denied that the first 23 "enemy combatants" taken to the Guantánamo prison camp in 2002 were transported there via Spain, although it argued that if they had changed planes here it would not amount to a violation of Spanish or international law.

29 November 2007

Madrid - The United States has neither confirmed nor denied that the first 23 "enemy combatants" taken to the Guantánamo prison camp in 2002 were transported there via Spain, although it argued that if they had changed planes here it would not amount to a violation of Spanish or international law.

On Sunday, EL PAÍS reported that the first inmates of Guantánamo had been flown from Afghanistan to a NATO airbase in Morón de la Frontera, near Seville, where they changed planes to continue the journey to the prison camp in Cuba.

The revelation, made by a human rights group, comes amid an investigation by Spain's High Court into whether the CIA violated Spanish law with the so-called rendition flights.

The US Embassy, however, has argued that no illegal activities took place. The 23 combatants who arrived in Guantanamo in January 2002 "were captured in an ongoing war for which NATO had invoked its collective defense clause," an embassy spokesperson said.

[Copyright EL PAÍS, SL./ M. G. 2007]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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