Fourteen European countries colluded in a global network of secret CIA prisons and terrorist suspect transfers, according to the top investigator for the Council of Europe.
Dick Marty has been investigating the allegations of secret so-called renditions for the past seven months. He said: “Today we are even more convinced than we were seven months ago that such a system could not be possible without the participation, and I don’t necessarily mean complicity, at different levels, of the states concerned.”
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 said 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.
Marty said hard evidence was difficult to obtain, but added he found enough of what he called “coherent and converging” information. Washington, which acknowledges the secret transfer of some terrorist suspects between countries, insists it acted with the full knowledge of the governments concerned and denies any wrongdoing.