Press Release: Office of Jean Lambert MEP

16th March 2006

 

London's Green MEP Fears Depth Of CIA Flights

London's Green MEP, Jean Lambert has today spoken out against the Government's underhanded behaviour surrounding the CIA 'extraordinary rendition' flights and the news that the UK's MI5 agents have tricked British residents into detention, interrogation and ultimately torture.

As the Green Party Spring Conference 2006 takes place in Scarborough this weekend Jean Lambert MEP, who sits on the European Parliament's Committee of Enquiry into the 'extraordinary rendition' flights, used MEPs Question Time at the conference to address the circumstances around the illegal operation.

Jean, who is a member of the Civil Liberties Committee in the European Parliament and was named MEP 2005 for Justice and Human Rights at the end of last year said: "Everyday more information on the CIA 'extraordinary rendition' flights comes to light confirming that the UK Government were actually involved in these horrendous activities, despite their continual denial.

"The European Parliament's Committee of Inquiry will continue to explore what really happened and why, but with the recent news that UK officials rendered British residents into the hands of CIA officers, it is obvious the problem spreads further than originally feared.

"The treatment of Mr al-Rawi and Mr el-Banna by British Officials is totally inexcusable and goes against their human rights. We are all aware that the Government know more than they claim but actions such as these lead us to severely question our trust in the people that are meant to be protecting us."

Jean today renewed her calls for the UK Government to form their own committee of inquiry and reveal the truth behind the CIA flights.

ENDS

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Notes to editors:
Jean Lambert: In October 2005 Jean was named MEP 2005 for Justice and Human Rights. Jean was first elected Green Party Member of the European Parliament for London in the 1999 European elections. She was re-elected in 2004. She is one of nine MEPs representing London and one of two UK Green representatives in the European Parliament.

Members of the Committee: For the Temporary Committee on the CIA the group nominated Dutch MEP Kathalijne Buitenweg and German MEP Cem Özdemir as full members, and as substitute members British MEP Jean Lambert and Catalan MEP Raùl Romeva.

Committee of Inquiry: The Conference of Presidents states that the temporary committee will liase and cooperate "as closely as possible" with inter alia, the Council of Europe, the European Commissioner responsible for human rights, the UN Commissioner for Human Rights and with national parliaments. It also states the committee should submit an interim report within four months after it starts work.