Britain demands answers from US on CIA 'ghost flights'

[JURIST Europe] British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw [official profile] says he has written a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice [official profile], on behalf of EU nations [JURIST report], questioning the landing of CIA planes in nineteen airports [Guardian report] in England and Scotland as well as in other European Union countries. Straw's letter came the same day as UK-based civil rights group Liberty [advocacy website] demanded [press release] that the British government investigate allegations that the US Central Intelligence Agency [official website] used British airports to transport suspects to countries that allow torture. The Council of Europe, [official website] which monitors human rights violations in the EU, is currently conducting an investigation [COE press release] into the claims against the CIA [JURIST news archive] as such actions would violate the European Convention on Human Rights [text]. Liberty has stated that it will allow the British government two weeks of investigation before bringing legal action [JURIST report]. BBC News has local coverage.



 

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