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Illegal transfer of Detainees by CIA

16 February, 2007

Sinn Fein Assembly Candidate Martina Anderson has welcomed the recent report by The European Parliament exposing the illegal practice of transferring detainees through European airports to secret prisons and interrogation centres in various countries around the world.

Speaking today Sinn Féin Assembly candidate Martina Anderson said,

"The European parliament recently declared that the CIA or other US services have been directly responsible for illegal seizure, removal, abductions and detentions on the territory of Member States, accession and candidate countries for the extraordinary rendition of, amongst others, European nationals or residents. It further declared that these actions do not correspond to known international law concepts and are contrary to the fundamental principles of human rights law.

"In a further report, adopted this week, the European parliament deplored the fact that no Member State or accession or candidate country has adopted procedures aimed at verifying whether civilian aircraft are being used for purposes incompatible with internationally established human rights standards.

"The report called on the Commission to establish new national, European and international standards and aimed at monitoring the activity of privately chartered aircraft using EU airports and airspace.

"Contrary to early reports that such flights had taken place through Derry Airport Sinn Fein were pleased to note that management at the airport co-operated fully with Amnesty International to demonstrate that this had not happened. I am seeking a meeting with the Airport Management to discuss how Derry has coped with this matter and how it can prevent any abuses in the future.

"My party colleague Cllr Gerry MacLochlainn worked to confirm that such flights would not be tolerated and is talking to other parties on Derry Council now to work with Amnesty International to draft procedures to prevent this in the future.

"I am proud that Derry City and our Airport is ahead of the rest in combating this evil practice of illegal abduction and transfer of prisoners for torture and call on the Irish and British Governments to meet their international legal obligations and prevent this practice throughout theses islands." ENDS

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