It’s official, numerous European countries colluded with the CIA, allowing kidnapped prisoners to pass through their countries on their way to being tortured elsewhere – amd maybe even to be tortured within their own country.
The UK, Germany and several other European countries illegally colluded with US extra-legal abductions in the “war against terror,” a report for the Council of Europe said on Wednesday.
The report to the Council of Europe, which brings together 46 European countries, also said there were strong indications that Poland and Romania hosted illegal US prisons Ã¢â‚¬â€œ something the two countries have always denied.
Dick Marty, the Swiss politician who compiled the report, said that seven countries had violated known individualsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ human rights by participating in what he called a “spiderÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s web” of CIA detentions and transfers. The countries involved were the UK, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Sweden, Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
“Authorities in several European countries actively participated with the CIA in these unlawful activities,” he said. “Other countries ignored them knowingly, or did not want to know.”
Rendition ‘massively damaging’ to counter-terrorism effort
The British government’s apparent support of CIA rendition flights is “massively damaging” in the battle against international terrorism, a former Foreign Office minister said today.
Tony Lloyd demanded that the Bush administration give “proper and definitive” answers to allegations that it has been kidnapping terrorist suspects and transferring them to countries where they could be tortured.