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Romania repeats denial of presence of secret CIA detention centres

Deutsche Presse Agentur
Published: Friday September 8, 2006

Bucharest- Romania has again denied the presence of illegal CIA detention centres on its territory, the denial coming in the wake of US President George W Bush's admission that the US had been maintaining secret CIA prisons, Romanian media reported Friday. Romania's position with regard to CIA detention centres remained "unchanged," said government spokeswoman Oana Marinescu.

Bush on Wednesday for the first time acknowledged that the CIA was running secret prisons for holding and interrogating high-level al- Qaeda figures captured since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Romania has been suspected of being a possible location for CIA detention centres and for being complicit in the illegal transportation of prisoners.

The Mihail Kogalniceanu air base at Constanta on the Black Sea coast has been cited as a possible location for a secret prison.

An inquiry by the Romanian parliament concluded in mid-June that there had been "no secret CIA prisons for terror suspects in Romania."

The Romanian authorities have denied repeatedly any knowledge of secret prisons or the illegal transport of suspected terrorists from Romania.

But authorities have acknowledged that CIA flights had landed at Romanian airports, but for technical reasons or for refuelling.

© 2006 DPA - Deutsche Presse-Agenteur