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Government must account for and cease collusion with CIA's illegal renditions

7 June, 2006


Sinn Féin International Affairs spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh has called on the Government to immediately account for and cease its collusion with the CIA's network of secret flights and illegal renditions. Speaking in the Dáil today Deputy Ó Snodaigh said there is an urgent need for the Government to refuse use of Irish airports and airspace to "all planes associated with the United State's rendition programme."

He said, "The government must immediately account for and cease its collusion with the CIA's network of secret flights and illegal renditions. Today the Council of Europe has named this state as being a stopover for flights involving the unlawful transfer of detainees. There is an urgent need to refuse all planes associated with the United State's rendition programme use of Irish airports and airspace."

Speaking later Deputy Ó Snodaigh added, "The government and in particular Minister's for Justice, Transport, Foreign Affairs and Defence, have failed to convince anyone that this state has not facilitated the United State's illegal rendition programme. The concerns raised by myself and many other human rights campaigners long ago were affirmed today by the Council of Europe. The government must explain why it failed to insist on a capacity for the Gardaí to inspect the planes landing at Shannon Airport. And the Taoiseach must give a direct, personal guarantee that in future no plane suspected of involvement with the US covert programme known as Extraordinary Rendition will be allowed stop at Shannon or any other Irish airport or to over-fly Irish airspace. Furthermore, he must give a firm undertaking that all CIA associated chartered civilian or military aircraft landing in Ireland will be inspected by Gardaí in future." ENDS

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