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German parliament to dwell on secret service coop with Libya

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Berlin, Sep 6, IRNA -- A top-secret German parliamentary committee is to focus on the degree of cooperation between Germany's foreign intelligence agency BND and the Libyan secret service when it meets on Wednesday, according to news reports.

The Munich-based weekly news magazine Focus reported over the weekend that Germany's secret service cooperated with the Qadhafi regime.

German security authorities received reportedly information from Qadhafi's intelligence apparatus.

According to the former secret service coordinator of the German government, Bernd Schmidbauer, the German-Libyan secret service cooperation dwelt primarily on the anti-terror campaign.

The Libyan secret service had access to sources which the German counterpart did not have.

Schmidbauer claimed that unlike other Western intelligence agencies, the German secret service did not have any joint actions with the Libyan side.

The Focus report comes in the wake of the latest New York Times revelations which highlighted secret service cooperation between the West, notably the US and Britain, and Libya.

Documents discovered in Tripoli detail close ties between the CIA and Libya's intelligence service and suggest the United States sent terrorism suspects for questioning in Libya despite that country's reputation for torture.

It has been known that Western intelligence services began cooperating with Libya after Qadhafi abandoned his program to build unconventional weapons in 2004.

But the files show cooperation with the CIA and Britain's MI-6 was more extensive than previously understood, according to the New York Times.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30552026

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