European lawmakers eye CIA renditions

Oct. 10, 2013 at 11:02 AM
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BRUSSELS, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Members of the European Parliament said they were frustrated some members of the European Union were working alongside the CIA on secret interrogations.

The Guardian newspaper in London, at the height of the WikiLeaks controversy in 2011, reported that two secret CIA prisons were uncovered in Lithuania. The Council of Europe blamed dozens of countries for playing a role in the rendition program.

Members of the European Parliament voted Thursday in favor of a resolution calling for an investigation into CIA operations in the European Union.

Their resolution singled out Lithuania, Poland, the United Kingdom, Italy and nine other countries for their alleged role in the renditions.

"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," the resolution said.

An Italian court last year upheld convictions for CIA officers in the rendition of Egyptian cleric Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr. Also known as Abu Omar, he was taken into custody in 2003 and eventually transferred from a U.S. air base in Italy to Egypt where he said he was tortured by interrogators.

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