24 February 2006

Amnesty slams Irish response to CIA flights investigation


23/02/2006 - 17:34:54

The Government is being of accused of failing to respond properly to an investigation by the Council of Europe into CIA flights.

The Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, and Minister for Foreign Affairs Dermot Ahern have consistently quoted US diplomatic assurances that prisoners have never been transported through Shannon Airport for torture in other countries.

However, Amnesty International says this stance is not credible, is insufficient and is lacking in detail.

Spokesperson Fiona Crowley said this afternoon that the Council of Europe needs more information from Ireland.

“Amnesty would be disappointed that Ireland has responded to this formal questionnaire to the Council of Europe stating that it has fully met its obligations simply by relying on the assurances from the US government.

“We’re also concerned at the lack of detail in the Government’s response and we don’t believe that the information supplied in its response is sufficient to allow the Secretary General of the Council of Europe to make a full and thorough assessment of whether Ireland is in fact meeting its obligations,” she said.

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