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Investigator: Evidence May Support Claims of Alleged CIA Prisons in Europe


A European investigator says there appears to be evidence that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency abducted people in Europe and transferred them between countries illegally.

Swiss Senator Dick Marty made the comment in a report to the Council of Europe, which brings together lawmakers from democratic European countries to discuss such issues as human rights.

U.S. newspapers last month reported that the CIA has been using European airports and airspace to transport terror suspects to secret prisons in eastern Europe.

Mr. Marty criticized U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for not providing information or explanation of the issue during her recent visit to Europe.

On Monday, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said his government has found no evidence the Bush administration requested permission to fly terror suspects through Britain or its airspace.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, AP.