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Slovakia not involved in suspected CIA activities in Europe

SLOVAKIA is not among the countries suspected of illegal cooperation with the CIA intelligence service in “rendering” terror suspects for interrogation abroad, according to a report by an investigation commission set up by the European Parliament (EP).

Slovak MEP Monika Beňová, who is a member of the investigation committee, confirmed that Slovakia was not among the countries suspected of involvement.

Another Slovak member of the committee, MEP Miroslav Mikolášik, also came to the same conclusion after hearing evidence from the Interior Ministry, the Justice Ministry, and the Slovak SIS intelligence service that no CIA flights or landings took place in Slovakia and no suspects in the war on terror were held here, the SITA news wire wrote.

The final report by the commission accuses 11 European countries including Great Britain, Poland, Germany, Italy, and Romania of having cooperated with the CIA in transporting and holding terrorism suspects in secret prisons. The yearlong investigation sought to refute or confirm the existence of secret CIA prisons identified in a Council of Europe report.

The EP report, however, provides no direct proof that the CIA operated secret prisons in Europe in the past, as several American, German, and Polish dailies suggested last year.

The document also accuses 11 EU member states and the top EU diplomat, Javier Solana, of being unwilling to cooperate.

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