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Thailand Denies News Report of Secret CIA Prison


A senior Thai minister says the United States has neither operated a secret jail in Thailand for terror suspects nor used the country as a transfer point for such suspects.

U.S.-based ABC News and The Washington Post have reported that secret U.S. Central Intelligence Agency jails have existed since March 2002 when the first was created in Thailand.

ABC said Tuesday the Thai jail was established following the capture in Pakistan of Abu Zabayda, who was sent to a vacant warehouse on an air base in Thailand.

Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Minister Chitchai Wannasathit Wednesday denied the reports. He said no prisoner was brought to Thailand from Pakistan in 2002.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.

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