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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...

2006-02-13 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"...

2006-02-09 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...

2006-01-18 07:43:34

By Ingrid Melander BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The credibility of the European Union is at stake over accusations the CIA ran secret prisons in the bloc, a top European lawmaker said on Wednesday as the European Parliament formally launched a probe into the scandal. "There must be no Guantanamo on European soil," foreign affairs committee chair Elmar Brok told Reuters, referring to the controversial U.S. detention center in Cuba. "We want to be clear to our people and to the rest of the...

2006-01-13 15:29:16

BURGDORF, Switzerland (Reuters) - A Swiss investigator said on Friday European governments had been complicit in illegal CIA activities in the "war on terror," after reports that the Americans ran secret prisons in Europe. Swiss senator Dick Marty, investigating the allegations for the 46-nation rights group Council of Europe, said he was personally convinced of the existence of the detention centers but had yet to come up with concrete proof. "It's not possible to transport people...

2006-01-12 12:14:40

By Darren Ennis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Parliament launched an investigation on Thursday into allegations that the CIA used EU countries for the illegal transport and detention of prisoners. At a meeting in Brussels, leaders of the Parliament's seven political groups and assembly president Josep Borrell voted in favor of setting up a temporary committee consisting of 46 members to investigate the allegations. The inquiry will have no legal powers, but the committee will...

2006-01-11 12:06:10

ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland launched a probe on Wednesday into the leak of an Egyptian diplomatic fax intercepted by its secret service that appeared to lend credence to allegations the CIA had secret prisons in Eastern Europe. Romania, Poland and others have denied they let the United States hold terrorism suspects on their territory, while the U.S. government has neither denied nor confirmed accusations of secret jails first made by the Washington Post last November. On Sunday,...

2005-12-23 09:39:25

By Emilio Parodi MILAN (Reuters) - A Milan court has issued a European arrest warrant for 22 CIA agents suspected of kidnapping an Egyptian cleric from Italy's financial capital in 2003, Prosecutor Armando Spataro said on Friday. The case is one of several investigations into whether U.S. intelligence agents used Europe to illegally transfer militant suspects to third countries for interrogation. The renditions have led to tensions between Washington and the European Union. Milan...

2005-12-16 19:37:16

ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland is investigating whether foreign intelligence services acted illegally after reports its airspace was used by the CIA to transport suspected Islamic radicals to prisons outside the United States, Swiss media reported on Friday. Federal prosecutors began investigations three weeks ago after the reports to see whether the intelligence services had committed illegal actions in Switzerland, a spokesman for the prosecution told Swiss television. The...

2005-12-14 11:15:13

STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - There is no evidence so far to back allegations that the CIA ran secret prisons in Europe, the EU's top justice official said on Wednesday, appearing to contradict Europe's human rights watchdog. "At the moment, there is no evidence confirming the allegations made," EU Justice and Security Commissioner Franco Frattini told the European Parliament. His remarks come just a day after Swiss senator Dick Marty, looking into the scandal for the 46-nation...