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14 European nations named in CIA flights report


A damning report has been released over claims of secret CIA prisons and transfers of terrorism suspects in Europe. Council of Europe investigator Dick Marty has found that 14 European countries colluded in what he calls a “global spider’s web”.

The council is the bloc’s human rights watchdog, and Marty has been probing allegations of secret so-called renditions for the past seven months. His findings, published on the council’s website, say authorities in several European countries “actively participated” with the CIA in what are described as “illegal activities”. Marty says other countries “ignored them knowingly, or did not want to know”. The 14 countries named in the report are accused of being either “staging posts” or “stopovers” for flights involving the unlawful transfer of detainees. Poland and Romania are named over allegations of running secret detention centres, claims they deny. Sweden, Bosnia, Britain, the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia, Germany and Turkey have been cited in connection with cases involving specific individuals. Marty says hard evidence was difficult to obtain, but he says he found enough of what he calls “coherent and converging” information. Washington does not deny that secret transfers take place, but rejects any allegations of wrongdoing, including torture.
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