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Europe lawmakers spar over CIA secret prisons report

[JURIST] Some members of the European Parliament [official website] criticized Swiss Senator Dick Marty [personal website; JURIST news archive] Tuesday for failing to cite sources [press release] in his June report [text; JURIST report] to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe that accused Poland and Romania of assisting the US Central Intelligence Agency in operating secret prisons [JURIST news archive] for terror suspects. One criticized Marty's report as essentially being a rehash of what was already reported in the news, "without offering any concrete evidence." Marty defended the document before the European Parliament's Committees on Civil Liberties and Foreign Affairs and the Sub-committee on Human Rights, saying that every allegation made had corroborating evidence. Supporters called for countries implicated in the report to follow Council of Europe [official website] urgings to be more transparent [JURIST report], and allow the investigating teams access to their documents.

EU Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini [official website] had previously complained that the report quoted only unverifiable, anonymous sources. Spokespersons for other implicated countries vehemently denied the allegations, with one Polish lawmaker quoted as calling the report a "piece of fiction." US President George W. Bush acknowledged the existence of the secret CIA prison program [JURIST report] last year, but did not disclose any details. AP has more.

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