Amnesty lifts lid on Shannon role in torture programme | Belfast and Beyond | 14 Mar 2008 | Amnesty International UK

Amnesty lifts lid on Shannon role in torture programme

Amnesty International has revealed that a Gulfstream V jet – nicknamed the 'torture taxi' – used in the 'rendition' of a Yemeni man, was refuelled at Shannon Airport the day before it was used to move him from Baghdad to Kabul.

Khaled al-Maqtari spent more than 2 1/2 years in secret CIA detention centres known as "black sites", suffering a whole range of torture techniques at the hands of his captors.

Khaled al-Maqtari's case sheds new light on the cruelty and illegality of the CIA programme of secret detentions and forced disappearances.

Perhaps now the Irish government will cease its 'hear no evil, see no evil' approach to the American government in accepting their assurances (similar to those given to Britain, which recently proved to be worthless) that Irish territory was not being used to commit gross violations of international law

Full story on the Shannon connection and report links from Amnesty International Irish Section.

Irish News TV interview here.

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