A delegation of the European Parliament’s LIBE Committee is expected on Thursday in Bucharest in order to hold talks with Ion Iliescu, Ioan Talpes, Tiberiu Nitu but also with civil society representatives about alleged CIA centres in Romania.
On Thursday the delegation was scheduled to meet former president Ion Iliescu, former Romanian Intelligence Service Director Ioan Talpes and Foreign Ministry Secretary of State George Ciamba, LIBE’s public relations department pointed out at Mediafax’s request.
The meetings with Romanian Prosecutor General Tiberiu Nitu and with members of Parliament will take place on Friday.
Likewise, on Thursday the delegation will meet Maria-Nicoleta Andreescu, Executive Director APADOR-CH, Diana-Olivia Hatneanu, member of APADOR-CH’s Board of Directors, Georgiana Iorgulescu, Executive Director of the Centre for Juridical Resources, and Adrian Mogos and George Colgiu from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
The LIBE delegation consists of Tanja Fajon, Eva Joly, Laura Ferrara, Jeroen Lenaers and Barbara Spinelli.
Former counterintelligence chief Talpes: Romania was never offered to open or use CIA detention centres
Romania has never been offered to open or use detention centres owned by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), former head of Romania’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE) Ioan Talpes told Agerpres on Thursday.
He said there is an attempt being made at completely changing the real picture. “Romania has never been offered to open or use [CIA] detention centres. No such talks have ever been conducted with Romania,” said Talpes.
The former counterintelligence chief confirmed he will have a discussion with the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) of the European Parliament, without providing any detail.
Deputy Chairman of the Romanian Senate Ioan Chelaru said earlier this September that the Senate’s Committee on Foreign Affairs will meet the LIBE Committee to discuss torture and secret CIA detention centres as well as the recommendations of a resolution on this matter from the European Parliament
The European Parliament’s committees for civil liberties, foreign policy and human rights have reopened their investigation into the alleged rendition and illegal detention of prisoners carried out by the CIA in EU member states, following US Senate revelations about the use of torture by the CIA and on the basis of a resolution adopted by Parliament on February 11.
This investigation entails, among others, the dispatching of a fact-finding parliamentary mission to the member states accused of having had secret CIA detention centres on their territory, and the collection of all information and relevant evidence concerning possible bribery or other acts of corruption in connection to the CIA programme, according to a European Parliament press release.
The accusations concerning the CIA’s use of EU member states such as Romania, Poland and Lithuania for its rendition and illegal detention of prisoners were investigated by the European Parliament’s temporary committee set up in 2006.
Since then, MEPs have repeatedly asked for thorough investigations into the EU member states’ collaboration with the CIA secret detention and extraordinary rendition programme.