Europe Parliament calls for investigation of rendition help in EU

Oct. 10, 2013 at 4:57 PM

BRUSSELS, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- The European Parliament called Thursday for serious investigation of cooperation by European countries with the U.S. "rendition" program.

The resolution cited more than half of the European Union members for their alleged participation, including Lithuania, Romania, Poland, Britain, Italy, Finland, France, Sweden, Belgium, Greece, Ireland, Latvia and Slovakia, the Parliament said in a statement. Members said recent leaks of documents from the U.S. National Security Agency suggest the rendition program has continued.

Under rendition, suspected terrorists were transferred to countries where they could be interrogated under circumstances barred by U.S. law. Some European countries allowed planes involved in renditions to use their airspace and some were more involved.

"It is essential, in order to ensure Parliament's credibility, to substantially reinforce its rights of inquiry for investigating fundamental rights violations in the EU, which should include full power to hear under oath the people involved, including government ministers," Thursday's resolution said.

The resolution also called on the United States to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

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