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2006-03-08 17:39:13

By Saul Hudson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Despite accusing countries such as Jordan and Egypt on Wednesday of torturing detainees, the United States said it will keep sending suspected militants to foreign prisons if governments pledge not to abuse them. Human rights groups said the policy was illegal because the United States could have little faith in the governments' promises and knew there was a high risk of torture, especially after detailing widespread prisoner abuse in an annual...

2006-03-02 10:08:40

By Phil Stewart ROME (Reuters) - Italy's justice minister accused magistrates of trying to force his hand in a case against 22 CIA agents who are accused of kidnapping a Muslim imam off the streets of Milan and flying him to Egypt for torture. Justice Minister Roberto Castelli is under pressure to approve a request by magistrates to seek the extradition of the American suspects, a move which political analysts believe is unlikely given the government's close ties with Washington....

2006-03-01 06:35:41

By Jon Boyle STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - European states need tougher laws to guarantee oversight of their spy services and better controls over foreign agents operating on their territory, a European human rights watchdog said on Wednesday. But the report by the Council of Europe produced no "smoking gun" evidence that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency had run secret jails in Europe for al Qaeda suspects. "The existing legislation and administrative framework for the...

2006-02-23 09:40:00

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Human rights activists urged the U.S. Congress to follow European Union lawmakers in launching a probe into the alleged cases of abduction of prisoners by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency in Europe. In the second meeting of their probe committee, EU lawmakers heard rights groups who were among the first last year to accuse the CIA of running secret prisons and transporting prisoners in Europe. "Hearings on secret CIA detentions and rendition of terrorist...

2006-02-14 13:54:38

STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - An Italian prosecutor who wants to question CIA agents accused of snatching an imam in Milan will speak to a European Parliament panel probing claims of CIA abductions in Europe, an EU lawmaker said on Tuesday. The committee was created last month to look into reports that the U.S. intelligence service carried out abductions and ran secret detention centres in Europe. It has no legal or judicial powers. EU lawmaker Claudio Fava told reporters Italian...

2006-02-13 17:42:21

Please read in paragraph 10 ...CIA Director Porter Goss... By Ingrid Melander STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - EU lawmakers on Monday outlined plans to probe allegations the CIA ran secret prisons in the 25-nation bloc, and studied a list of people it might call for questioning which includes the head of the CIA. The European Parliament set up a temporary committee last month to look into media reports alleging the U.S. intelligence service carried out abductions and "rendition"...

2006-02-13 18:07:56

By Ingrid Melander STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - EU lawmakers on Monday outlined plans to probe allegations the CIA ran secret prisons in the 25-nation bloc, and studied a list of people it might call for questioning which includes the head of the CIA. The European Parliament set up a temporary committee last month to look into media reports alleging the U.S. intelligence service carried out abductions and "rendition" flights carrying prisoners and ran secret detention centers in...

2006-02-09 07:50:45

By Phil Stewart MILAN (Reuters) - Milan prosecutors expect to launch procedures within a month that could put 22 CIA agents accused of kidnapping a Muslim cleric in Milan on trial in absentia, a senior judicial source said. The source, who asked not to be named, said prosecutors were growing tired of perceived foot-dragging by Washington and Rome over requests that would advance their investigation -- one of several European probes into suspected U.S. covert operations. The United...

2006-01-26 06:40:00

BRUSSELS -- European Union lawmakers vowed on Thursday to press U.S. and European ministers to appear before an inquiry into alleged secret CIA prisons in Europe but acknowledged they had no authority to compel them. Speaking as a specially created European Parliament committee held its first session, members said they would try to use political pressure to uncover the truth about allegations that the U.S. intelligence service carried out abductions and "rendition" flights and ran secret...

2006-01-24 16:54:41

By Jon Boyle STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - The United States flew detainees to countries where they would be tortured and European governments probably knew about it, the head of a European human rights investigation said on Tuesday. But Swiss senator Dick Marty said in a preliminary report for the Council of Europe human rights watchdog that he had found no irrefutable evidence to confirm allegations that the CIA operated secret detention centers in Europe. His report kept...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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