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Government must authorise search and inspection of suspect planes at Shannon

5 December, 2005

Speaking today in response to the conclusions of a Swedish parliamentary investigation into extraordinary renditions and information obtained by RTE under the Freedom of Information Act Sinn Féin spokesperson on International Affairs Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD said:

“Sinn Féin have called repeatedly for Garda inspections of the planes identified by human rights groups, and now the Swedish parliamentary investigation, as possibly being involved in the transportation of prisoners by the CIA to locations where they may be subjected to torture, inhumane and degrading treatment.

“The US authorities expect their assurance to the contrary to be accepted and the Irish Government is choosing to rely on these.  I have been calling on the Minister for Foreign Affairs to back up these assurances with evidence because until the planes are inspected everything is deniable.  Unfortunately, the Government have made it clear in their own statements and in responses to parliamentary questions placed by myself that they do not intend to inspect the planes unless evidence is brought forward.  However, further evidence cannot be produced until the doors of the planes are opened - it is a classic Catch-22 situation.

“The Council of Europe and a number of national parliaments have launched investigations and in light of this, and of the credible evidence produced thus far, I am calling again on the Irish Government to authorise the search and inspection of the planes N379P and N85VM and any other flights associated with the US-led war on terror.” ENDS


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