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|Thursday, December 13, 2012|
Europe rights court rules for victim of CIA extraordinary rendition
Dan Taglioli at 12:56 PM ET
Although the el-Masri case focused on Macedonia, the issue of CIA extraordinary rendition has been a sensitive one across Europe. In September the Italian Court of Cassation [official website, in Italian] upheld the convictions [JURIST report] of 23 former CIA officers for the 2003 kidnapping and rendition of Egyptian terror suspect Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr. In April UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counterterrorism Ben Emmerson [official profile] expressed regret over a US court decision denying Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [National Security Archive] requests by a member of the UK parliament and the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Extraordinary Rendition [official website], made as part of aninvestigation into extrajudicial capture by the US [JURIST report] of foreign terrorism suspects for detention and interrogation. In March in a hearing before theEuropean Parliament (EP) [official website], Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] asked EU member states to reconsider their involvement in the extraordinary rendition program [JURIST report], intending to create the foundation of an EP report that will divulge details of a five-year investigation into each nation's involvement in supporting CIA renditions.
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