LONDON’S GREEN MEP JOINS COMMITTEE OF INQUIRY INTO CIA FLIGHTS
London’s Green MEP, Jean Lambert has today confirmed that she will sit on the European Parliament’s temporary committee of inquiry in to the CIA ‘extraordinary rendition’ flights.
Jean, who was named MEP 2005 for Justice and Human Rights at the end of last year, welcomed European Parliament’s decision to endorse the committee yesterday and is now keen to find the truth behind the CIA flights. Jean commented; “I am pleased to be given the opportunity to investigate the network behind these ‘torture flights’. We have to find out what happened and why in order to prevent such events taking place again.”
As a leaked memo today reveals that the UK Government tried to cover up knowledge of the interrogation centres, the EU Committee now looks to be of more importance than ever before.
Jean continued: “It is extremely worrying that key figures have been claiming they were unaware of the CIA rendition flights until now, raising further questions about their true involvement. The Government are meant to be protecting our human rights but it seems their interest lies in meeting targets and not people’s needs. In order to uphold high standards of human rights, and trust the government to protect us again, we need to make sure that the people who knew of such events are identified and removed from position.”
The cross party delegation of 46 MEPs will investigate two questions in particular that lie at the heart of the committee; Do CIA detention centres exist in Europe and has the CIA been using European airports to transport terrorist suspects to places where they could face torture. The Committee will also investigate if EU citizens have been involved and whether European governments knew about the alleged practices.