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Rights group claims US used German military base for renditions

[JURIST] British human rights group Reprieve [advocacy website] accused the United States in a report [press release] issued Friday of using Germany's Ramstein Air Base [official website] as a detention center for renditions [JURIST news archive]. Reprieve's sources claim that some of the 14 "high-value" terror suspects [DNI profiles, PDF] transferred from secret CIA prisons to Guantanamo Bay [JURIST report] last month were formerly held at an air base in Germany. In response to Reprieve's calls for an independent investigation, a German government spokesperson said that claims of such a facility in Germany [JURIST news archive] are unfounded. AP has more.

Last month, German Chancellor Angela Merkel [official website, in German, BBC profile] publicly criticized [JURIST report] the Bush administration for admittedly operating clandestine CIA detention centers in Europe.

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