MEPs back the Council of Europe report on 'extraordinary rendition'
The Council of Europe report into the CIA's use of 'extraordinary rendition' and secret CIA prisons in Europe has been backed up by MEPs. When the report came out last week, Tony Blair said:
It seems however, that EU lawmakers do have more to say on this even if Tony Blair doesn't. The temporary committee on alleged CIA renditions, chaired by Italian MEP, Claudio Fava, produced a text which draws the same conclusions as the Council of Europe report and which will be debated next month in the European Parliament.
“Illegal renditions do take place in Europe, international conventions have been breached and European citizens have been tortured with the awareness of European governments."
"Why don't the EPP members trust Condolezza Rice who has confirmed that these renditions have taken place in Europe?"
"In a number of cases, the CIA or other US services have been directly responsible for the illegal seizure, removal, abduction and detention of terrorist suspects on the territory of member states," the report approved late on Monday reads.
The report also says that European states "may be held liable" for failing to comply with the European Convention of Human Rights. When the issue is debated in the EU Parliament next month there might well be more embarrassing revelations for Tony Blair and other EU leaders who continue to refuse to acknowledge complicity with the US rendition and 'black site' programme.