June 7, 2006 - 19:14 AMT
PACE Rapporteur Exposes Global 'Spider's Web' of CIA Secret Jails
Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly rapporteur Dick Marty today revealed what he called a global "spider's web" of CIA detentions and transfers and listed seven Council of Europe member states who could be held responsible, in varying degrees, for violations of the rights of named individuals by colluding in these operations. In a 67-page explanatory memorandum to his report, made public in Paris today at a meeting of the Assembly's Legal Affairs Committee, he said there were corroborated facts strengthening the presumption that landing points in Romania and Poland were detainee drop-off points near to secret detention centers. "Even if proof, in the classical meaning of the term, is not as yet available, a number of coherent and converging elements indicate that such secret detention centers did indeed exist in Europe." These elements warranted further investigation, he said. "It is now clear… that authorities in several European countries actively participated with the CIA in these unlawful activities. Other countries ignored them knowingly, or did not want to know," he said.

Mr Marty said he used evidence from national and international air traffic control authorities, as well as sources inside intelligence services, including in the United States, to compile a detailed picture of a global system of secret detentions and unlawful transfers - including new analysis revealing what he called "rendition circuits". He listed seven Council of Europe member states who could be held responsible, in varying degrees, which are not always settled definitively, for violations of the rights of specific individuals: Sweden, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the United Kingdom, Italy, "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", Germany and Turkey. Several more colluded, actively or passively, in the detention or transfer of unknown persons, he said, reported the PACE Communication Unit