Europe’s human rights body has been discussing a report which accuses some countries of cooperating with the CIA on secret flights transferring terrorist suspects. It is the result of a seven-month investigation following an outcry over media allegations about the existence of American-run detention centres in Eastern Europe. The document’s author is the Swiss Senator Dick Marty.
“I think we have to make it clear that we don’t want to see this sort of thing happening in Europe again,” he said. “We are determined to fight terrorism, but we must do it in a way that deals with rather than exacerbates the problem.”
The European Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini has urged the Americans to work together with the EU to resolve the issue. Washington has in the past criticised Dick Marty’s statements for being strong on allegations but weak on facts.
“I again appeal to the US authorities to cooperate fully with all the activities of the European institutions on this matter, as well as with the work of the Council of Europe,” Frattini said. Marty concluded there was no direct proof but strong circumstantial evidence of secret CIA detention centres in Poland and Romania. Both countries have denied that. He identified a “spider’s web” of American rendition flights and landing points around the world.