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Parliamentary Ombudsman to examine suspicions of CIA flights

Parliamentary Ombudsman Petri Jääskeläinen plans to examine suspicions of Finland's possible role in secret prison flights arranged by the CIA.

Petri Jääskeläinen Image: Eduskunta

The European Parliament wants Finland to provide data on flights suspected of carrying prisoners for the CIA to Guantanamo and other camps. 

“A UN report published in 2010 drew attention for the first time to suspicions concerning the existence of a secret prison camp in Lithuania. At the time, it was thought Finland might have served as a transit point or given intelligence data to assists flights to the camp,” Jääskeläinen explained on Thursday.

The Foreign Ministry told the Parliamentary Ombudsman last February it had not uncovered any evidence of the use of Finnish airspace or airports for illegal prison flights. At the time, the Ministry said it did not possess the resources to procure additional data on the issue.

The aim of the new examination is to determine, for example, the use of Finnish airspace and facilities for prison flights between 2001 and 2006. The Ombudsman is seeking statements from various officials on the issue.