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EU urges member states to cooperate with inquiry into CIA torture flights

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Brussels, Jan 24, IRNA
The European Union's top justice and security official said Tuesday that a Council of Europe report on CIA secret flights contained new information, and he called on EU member states to cooperate with the inquiry launched by the European human rights watchdog.

"I welcome the information note by rapporteur Marty, which despite being qualified as an "interim assessment" I consider as a very rich note containing much relevant, and to certain extent new,
information,'' said EU Commissioner for justice and security, Franco Frattini.

His statement came shortly after an interim report by Swiss investigator Dick Marty for the 46-member Council of Europe which said European governments were almost certainly aware of the CIA's secret prisoner flights via European airports to some Arab countries for torture.

The EU Commissioner firmly called upon EU states, as well as EU candidate countries, "to cooperate fully with the Council of Europe's investigations as promptly and comprehensively as possible.'' Citing statements made by American officials and others, Marty said there was "a great deal of coherent, convergent evidence pointing to the existence of a system of `relocation' or "outsourcing' of torture."
"It has been proved -- and in fact never denied -- that individuals have been abducted, deprived of their liberty and transported in Europe to be handed over to countries in which they have suffered torture," said Marty.

Marty began his investigation in November and presented his interim report to the Strasbourg-based Council Tuesday morning.

Last week, the European Parliament formed its own 46-member committee to investigate into the CIA's secret jails and flights. It will present its report by June.


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