Spanish judge probing CIA renditions orders intelligence documents declassified Katerina Ossenova at 11:48 AM ET
[JURIST] A Spanish judge on Wednesday ordered the National Intelligence Center [official website], Spain's state intelligence agency to declassify any documents it has about secret CIA extraordinary rendition flights [JURIST news archive]. The order comes in Judge Ismael Moreno's investigation of whether CIA rendition flights stopped at Spanish airports [JURIST report] before transferring terrorism suspects to countries where they could be tortured. In September 2006, Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos [official profile, in Spanish; Euroresidentes profile] acknowledged that CIA planes transporting detainees to secret prisons in Europe may have stopped over [JURIST report] in Spain and Khaled el-Masri [JURIST news archive] became the first witness [JURIST report] to testify in the investigation in October. El Masri, a German national, has alleged that CIA agents kidnapped him in 2003 in Macedonia and transferred him to Afghanistan, where he was held in a secret prison for five months and subjected to inhumane conditions and coercive interrogation before eventually being released in Albania in 2004 without charge.
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