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EU report confirms Irish complicity in CIA rendition flights

7 June, 2006


Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has this afternoon called for a 'full and thorough investigation' into a report which implicates Ireland as a stop-over point for CIA planes, many of which are associated with the illegal transportation of prisoners to third countries.

Ms de Brún made her comments after Ireland was one of 14 EU countries named in a Council of Europe report on the practice of 'rendition flights'.

Speaking from Brussels Ms de Brún said:

"The Council of Europe report findings will cause great concern in Ireland, where there has been widespread discussion of the allegations. The Irish state is inextricably linked with the practice of rendition flights, where people are illegally imprisoned and moved to torture centres in third countries.

"For some months now it has been accepted that European Countries were involved in this practice.

"It remains unclear to what extent Ireland is implicated in this illegal practice. It has been suggested that Ireland was a stop off and refuelling point for CIA planes, although no evidence exists to suggest that prisoners were on board at the time. However, it raises questions about Irish state complicity in regards to the principle of Irish neutrality and the fundamental human rights of those transported to third countries, many of whom allegedly faced torture and degrading treatment.

""For some months now it has been accepted that European Countries were involved in this practice. What we must see now is for the Irish Government to come clean and tell people exactly what it has been involved in and a clear commitment that it will not engage in these practices in future." ENDS

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