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MP calls for truth on rendition flight claim

LORELY Burt, MP for Solihull, has written to Government Ministers to try and find out the truth about an alleged rendition flight in and out of Birmingham International Airport.

LORELY Burt, MP for Solihull, has written to Government Ministers to try and find out the truth about an alleged rendition flight in and out of Birmingham International Airport.

It has been claimed that a US plane had landed at BIA on October 2 and flew out the following day. The aircraft which is alleged to have landed featured in an European report into the CIA’s practise of smuggling terror suspects.

Mrs Burt said she had been “deeply concerned” by the reports and has made Freedom of Information requests to the Government and NATS, which provides air traffic control in the UK’s air space.

“Ultimately, Government must take responsibility for ensuring that British airports are never used as staging posts for prisoners who may be subject to torture anywhere in the world,” she said.

“That means more information must be made available to aviation authorities. Airport operators also deserve clearer guidance to ensure that adequate checks and balances are in place.”

In her letter, the MP asks for information about the nature, owners and origin of the alleged flight. A spokesman for Birmingham Airport said earlier last month that Gulfstream’s flight plans were not available.

Last year David Milliband admitted that two “extraordinary rendition” flights had landed on UK territory in 2002.

The Foreign Office said it unreservedly condemned the practise.

 

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