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Spotlight must be shone on Ireland,s role in CIA Rendition Flights - Mary Lou McDonald

27 June, 2006

Sinn Féin National Chairperson and MEP for Dublin Mary Lou McDonald has today welcomed the news that the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will meet in Strasbourg early next month to discuss the issue of "extraordinary rendition" CIA flights and Ireland's complicity in the practice.

Speaking today Ms McDonald said:

" want to welcome the EU‚s continuing probe on extraordinary rendition flights across Europe. Rendition is essentially a technical term for the illegal transport of prisoners to third countries for possible torture, inhumane or degrading treatment. Given that the Council of Europe has previously identified Ireland as a stop-over point for CIA planes, many of which are associated with the illegal transportation of prisoners to third countries makes this July meeting is all the more timely.

"This Government continues to arrogantly shrug off the issue of extraordinary renditions. In early July, the Council of Europe will meet in Strasbourg to discuss and vote upon the results of their report which names 14 European Countries identified with the practice. The Taoiseach and Ministers for Justice and Defence have important questions to answer on this matter. A spotlight must be shone on Ireland‚s role in CIA renditions.

"This government needs to come clean and tell people exactly what it has been involved in and give a clear commitment that it will not engage in these practices in future. In addition, where reasonable suspicion exists, planes must be boarded and searched to ascertain if they are any way involved in the practice of extraordinary renditions." ENDS

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