Approval has been given by the political leaders of the European Parliament to go ahead with an investigation into allegations that the CIA carried out secret operations in the European Union. The inquiry is expected to table its legally non-binding report within 12 weeks. European lawmakers have accused the leaders of the 25 EU member states of failing to press the U.S. hard enough on media reports that the Americans’ Central Intelligence Agency was running secret jails in Eastern Europe and covertly flying prisoners through EU airports.
The European Parliament inquiry is to work in tandem with an investigation by the 46-nation Council of Europe, the human rights watchdog. The Washington Post broke the story last November, saying a covert global prison system was set up after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S. EU member governments have insisted the allegations are baseless.