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MEPs hear about "extraordinary renditions"

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An inquiry committee of the European Parliament has heard from rights groups who were among the first last year to accuse the CIA of running secret prisons and transporting al-Qaeda suspects in
Europe.

The committee has no legal or judicial power, but parliamentarians have drawn up a list of US officials they want to question.

On Thursday they heard from Italian prosecutor Armando Spataro, who has accused 22 CIA agents of abduction in Milan.

Joanne Mariner, a counter-terrorism expert for the US-based Human Rights Watch, said other cases
concerned Germany, Poland, Romania, Macedonia and Italy:
“Given the seriousness of the abuses at issue, I will also like to underscore that hearings on secret CIA detention and rendition of terrorist suspects should be held in the US Congress as well as in the European Parliament.”

Also reporting was Dick Marty, heading an inquiry at the Council of Europe, the human rights watchdog.

The Council says virtually all 46 member states have now replied to questions on what measures they have taken to prevent “forced disappearances, secret detentions and extraordinary renditions”.