Europe demands truth on CIA 'black sites'
September 05, 2011|By the CNN Wire Staff
(file photo) Thomas Hammarberg, the human rights commissioner for the Council of Europe.
The human rights commissioner for the Council of Europe urged countries that have hosted secret CIA prisons to come clean Monday, as the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches.
Thomas Hammarberg said
"Darkness still enshrouds those who authorized and ran the black sites on European territories," he said. "The full truth must now be established and guarantees given that such forms of co-operation will never be repeated."
CIA officials have acknowledged the rendition program, but refused to discuss details and denied violating any laws. Efforts to challenge the agency and get details about it in
Hammarberg's statement comes as documents seized from Moammar Gadhafi's compound in
CNN saw a March 6, 2004, CIA letter to Libyan officials about Abdel Hakim Belhaj, a former jihadist with the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group and now a senior commander in the anti-Gadhafi forces.
It concerned the Malaysian government's arrest of Abdullah al-Sadiq, Belhaj's nom de guerre for his rendition. A CIA officer said the man and his pregnant wife were being placed on a commercial flight from
"We are planning to arrange to take control of the pair in
Belhaj fought for the Taliban in
The Council of Europe's Hammarberg said the CIA had held "high-value detainees," including alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, in
The Polish site closed and a new secret prison opened in
Polish prosecutors and Lithuanian lawmakers have investigated the phenomenon, but
"Effective investigations are imperative and long overdue," he said.
Neither the CIA,
The Council of Europe is a 47-member group that promotes democracy and human rights on the continent.
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