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European Parliament committee investigating CIA torture flights to meet Thursday

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Brussels, Jan 25, IRNA

A constituent meeting of the European Parliament's temporary committee set up to investigate the use of European countries by the CIA for the transportation and illegal detention of prisoners is to take place in Brussels on Thursday, the EP said in a statement issued on Wednesday.

The 46-member EP committee was formed last week.

On Tuesday, the European Union's top justice and security official said 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.

"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 a 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 to the 46-member Council of Europe which said that European governments were "almost certainly aware of the CIA's secret prisoner flights" via European airports.

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 of Europe Tuesday morning.


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