One of Europe’s main human rights watchdogs has criticised Washington for failing to come clean over allegations the CIA ran a network of secret prisons on the continent. It is alleged a number of European countries including Germany allowed CIA aircraft to stop over on their territory to transfer suspected terrorists to other countries. Washington insists all its operations are conducted within the law.Dick Marty, who heads a Council of Europe investigation into the scandal, added that European states faced accusations of a serious breach of their human rights obligations if they had cooperated with the underground network. According to some media reports, the CIA has been hiding and interrogating some of its most important al Qaeda suspects at compounds in eastern Europe, as part of its so-called war on terror. Among the captives was a German of Lebanese origin who ended up in a camp in Afghanistan where he was beaten up and interrogated for five months. Haled al Masri was eventually released when it emerged he was innocent and is now launching legal action against the CIA.