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Swiss panel finds no proof of CIA secret prisons, won't condemn US

[JURIST] Switzerland's foreign affairs committee on Tuesday voted against denouncing the United States over purported secret CIA prisons in Europe [JURIST news archive] for terror suspects after members concluded they lacked sufficient evidence. Committee head Luzi Stamm told reporters that current investigations have not yielded any proof the prisons actually exist. The decision seems to contradict a report [in German] earlier this month from Swiss newspaper SonntagsBlick [media website] that claimed Swiss military intelligence [official website, in German] agents used satellite listening systems to intercept a fax [JURIST report] sent from Cairo to the Egyptian embassy in London, the contents of which confirmed the existence of the detention centers. The Swiss government has also been investigating [JURIST report] whether more than 70 secret CIA flights moving terror suspects through Switzerland's airspace were renditions [JURIST news archive] or were otherwise illegal. Swiss Senator Dick Marty [BBC profile], who has been investigating the prison and illegal renditions allegations on behalf of the Council of Europe [official website], said last week that while he had no definite proof, he was convinced that European secret service agencies have been complicit in the alleged CIA activities. AP has more.

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