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Germany keeps mum on likely US contacts over case of CIA death squad

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Berlin, Jan 8, IRNA -- The German government refused to say whether it had been in touch with the US side to obtain more information on the issue of alleged CIA killer commandos in Hamburg in 2005.

Asked about possible contacts between Berlin and Washington on the highly sensitive case, deputy government spokesman Christoph Steegmans told journalists in Berlin on Friday that he could not say anything about it.

Numerous German lawmakers across the political spectrum have called on the government to provide additional information on the CIA scandal.

The domestic affairs committee of the German parliament is reportedly to deal with the issue of alleged CIA death squads in Germany when it meets on January 27, news reports said Thursday.

The topic will be placed on the agenda following a request by the fraction of the Left party (Die Linke), the chairman of the German parliament's domestic affairs committee, Wolfgang Bosbach was quoted as saying.

Reacting to the US press reports that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) used death squads to try to kill an alleged Hamburg-based al-Qaeda supporter in 2005, Bosbach labeled the claims "stunning" and "highly explosive," calling for a full investigation.

He also urged the center-right government to provide information on the case.

"We will ask the current government what information they have about it."

He warned that if the allegations proved to be true, it would have a "grave" impact on the US-German relations.

The German government has claimed it had not knowledged about CIA-ordered killer commandos who attempted to murder alleged al-Qaeda financier, Mamoun Darkazanali in Hamburg.

German prosecutors have begun a preliminary investigation looking into reports about the CIA murder plot, according to news reports.

Prosecutors in Hamburg are reportedly conducting a general probe whether such a criminal act had been planned.

The German government has "full confidence" in Hamburg's judicial system, Steegmans was quoted saying at a routine weekly press briefing in Berlin earlier in the day.

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End News / IRNA / News Code 884842



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