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    EU Parliament Passes Motion Calling for Secret CIA Prisons Investigation

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    The European Parliament on Wednesday a passed a resolution calling on EU member states to investigate the operation of secret Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) prisons on European soil throughout the "war on terror" between 2001 and 2006.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The resolution, passed by 329 votes to 299, urges EU countries to "investigate, insuring full transparency, the allegations that there were secret prisons on their territory in which people were held under the CIA programme," as quoted in a European Parliament press release.

    In February, the European Parliament passed a resolution to start investigations into the use of torture by the CIA after a so-called torture report by the US Senate Intelligence Committee was released in late 2014.

    Wednesday's resolution follows up on the state of the investigation. The European Parliament seeks to find those complicit in CIA torture perpetrated in the European Union, as well as working to end the "undue classification of documents" that leads to impunity for the perpetrators of CIA human rights violations, according to the latest statement.

    The parliament added that EU member states identified as being complicit in CIA rendition operations include Lithuania, Poland, Italy and the United Kingdom.

    In April, a Polish prosecutor gave investigators until October to probe allegations that the CIA ran secret prisons in the country.

    In December 2014, the US Senate Intelligence Committee released a 500-page summary of a detailed 6,000-page report into CIA interrogation techniques used on alleged al-Qaeda agents following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The so-called Torture Report triggered a wave of criticism toward the CIA and other US intelligence services. The agencies are accused of willful disregard of human rights, breaking their own laws against torture and not fully disclosing the scale and character of the interrogation program to the US Congress.

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