Dick Marty: highly likely that European governments were
aware of 'rendition' affecting Europe
Strasbourg, 24.01.2006 - It is highly unlikely that European governments,
or at least their intelligence services, were unaware of the "rendition" of more
than a hundred persons affecting Europe, according to Council of Europe
Parliamentary Assembly investigator Dick Marty, whose interim assessment was
made public today in an information memorandum.
Citing statements made by
American officials and others, Mr Marty said there was "a great deal of
coherent, convergent evidence pointing to the existence of a system of
'relocation' or 'outsourcing' of torture".
He added: "It has
been proved - and in fact never denied - that individuals have been abducted,
deprived of their liberty and transported [...] in Europe, to be handed over to
countries in which they have suffered [...] torture." However, he acknowledged
that, at this stage, there was no formal, irrefutable evidence of the existence
of secret CIA detention centres in Romania, Poland or any other
Mr Marty also welcomed the arrival yesterday of detailed
information from Eurocontrol, Europe's air traffic agency, and satellite images
from the EU's Satellite Centre, including sites located on Romanian territory.
"We will not be able to pronounce on the importance and the scope of this
information until later," he said.
Links to the information memorandum :
version ; pdf
Tel: +33 3 88 41 31 93
Fax :+33 3 90 21 41
The Parliamentary Assembly brings together 315 members from the national
parliaments of the 46 member states.
President: René van der Linden (Netherlands, EPP/CD); Secretary General
of the Assembly: Bruno Haller.
Groups: SOC (Socialist Group); EPP/CD (Group of the European People's Party);
ALDE (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe);
Democratic Group); UEL (Group of the Unified European Left).
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