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CIA tried to quell EU protest over rendition flights
Cat : Peace And Security
Date : 2006-10-26 19:09:38                      Reader : 281

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WNN 26-10-2006

CIA tried to quell EU protest over rendition flights

26 October 2006

LONDON - The US Central Intelligence Agency attempted to persuade Germany to quell European Union protests over the human rights record of one of America’s allies in its secret rendition flights programme, The Guardian reported on Thursday.

Citing a secret intelligence report prepared for the German parliament last February, the newspaper reported that the CIA offered to allow Germany access to one of its citizens, an Al Qaeda suspect arrested in connection with the September 11, 2001 attacks and being held in a Moroccan cell.

In return US agents demanded Germany “avert pressure from EU” over human rights abuses there, describing Morocco as a “valuable partner in the fight against terrorism”.

The suspect was flown from Morocco to Syria on a rendition flight, where Syria offered access to him in return for the dropping of charges against Syrian intelligence agents in Germany. Germany dropped the charges, but denied any link.

The secret intelligence report makes clear that Germany did eventually get to see the suspect, who was arrested in 2002 in Morocco.

A Council of Europe report issued earlier this year concluded the United States had used a “spider’s web” of bases around the world for “extraordinary rendition” — the covert transfer of suspects to US-run detention centres OR third countries, many of which are accused by rights organisations of torturing inmates.

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