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Former Iceland Minister Defends CIA Flights Report

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Former Iceland Minister Defends CIA Flights Report

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Photo: Páll Kjartansson.

Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, who served as Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs in 2007 when a report on the CIA’s extraordinary rendition flights in Iceland was carried out, denies that the report wasn’t thorough, even though there may be a reason to reopen the case.

“It’s wrong that the investigation was superficial and I don’t understand why the report is being criticized as I consider it to be of considerable significance given that it concluded that airplanes which had been used for extraordinary rendition flights had landed in Iceland. We knew as much,” Ingibjörg told RÚV.

“However, it was almost impossible to find out what had been onboard these airplanes when they landed here because no inspection had taken place. The main issue, as far as we were concerned, was to establish routine inspection so that it could definitely not happen again,” Ingibjörg added.

She stated that prisoners may have been onboard the airplanes. “But why speculate about that when it couldn’t be proven? However, now that the information about torture has surfaced … it naturally gives us a reason to reinvestigate the issue,” Ingibjörg concluded in reference to the recent report on torture released by the U.S. Senate.

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