A damning report making its way through the European Union Parliament says a number of EU countries knew of CIA abductions and operations in Europe related to the practice of extraordinary rendition, including more than 1,000 covert flights over European airspace. The report also says the UK, Italy and Poland resisted the investigation.
EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and EU counter-terrorism co-ordinator Gijs de Vries are accused of failing to reveal all they knew to the special parliamentary committee.
The committee’s conclusions, published in draft form November, are similar to those of a separate Council of Europe investigation published last year, which talked of a “global spider’s web” of secret flights.
The report says more than 1,000 covert CIA flights crossed European airspace or stopped at European airports.
The volume of flights was greatest in the UK, Germany and Ireland, it adds.
The MEPs say the UK, Poland, Italy, Germany and seven other countries knew of the flights and the detention programme, which may have violated EU human rights law.