Prosecutors seek probe on Guantanamo report

5th December 2008, Comments 0 comments

Spanish prosecutors want to investigate a secret document that said the former government was aware of secret flights carrying prisoners to Guantanamo camp.

MADRID – Spanish prosecutors asked a judge Thursday to investigate a leaked document that said the former government was informed in 2002 of secret US flights to the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

The prosecutors requested that a secret document published at the weekend by the newspaper El Pais be included in a wider probe launched into the flights, and that the presumed author be questioned, judicial sources said.

They also requested that Judge Ismael Moreno attempt to identify the personnel on board aircraft which stopped in Spain en route to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, carrying prisoners from Afghanistan's former ruling Taliban movement or Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network.

Moreno is investigating suspected CIA-chartered flights that stopped in or overflew Spain and which are suspected of carrying prisoners to Guantanamo.

The document published in El Pais is dated 10 January 2002 and classified "top secret". It mentions a request by the United States to the Spanish government to authorise the landing of flights in Spain.

"The United States will very soon begin flights to transfer Taliban and Al Qaeda prisoners from Afghanistan to the Guantanamo base in Cuba," said the document signed by Miguel Aguirre de Carcer, then in charge of North America in the foreign ministry.

In the letter, addressed to then foreign minister Josep Pique, he mentions a meeting with a "political-military consul at the US embassy in Madrid".

Neither the then conservative government of Jose Maria Aznar nor the present Socialist administration have acknowledged that they knew of the flights.

The present government of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said Sunday it was not informed of the existence of any such document by the Aznar administration.

[AFP / Expatica]

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