Concern over Scottish involvement in rendition flights

By agency reporter
May 28, 2013

Following a detailed report which claims that Scottish airports were used as part of a US programme of rendition flights, Green MSP Patrick Harvie has called for a more proactive approach by Scottish authorities to uncover the truth.

Questioning him at Holyrood, Mr Harvie pointed to a 2005 debate when the Justice Secretary Kenny Mackaskill (then in opposition) stated that it was political will that was lacking on this important issue.

Independent MSP John Finnie has also written to the Lord Advocate seeking a criminal investigation into the use of Scottish airports.

Mr Harvie declared: "It is deeply disappointing that the Scottish Government’s response on the issue of rendition doesn’t seem to have moved on in nearly a decade. When in opposition, Kenny Mackaskill said that this issue isn’t just one for law officers and the police, but that it required a political will which was lacking. Yet here we are in 2013, still hearing Ministers give earnest assurances that if anyone can provide information about rendition flights it will be investigated.

"I cannot think of any other example of serious organised crime which would be treated this way; instead we’d be seeing proactive investigation of any possible links to illegal activity. That’s the response which is needed here, given the very real concerns about rendition flights using Scottish airports, and our possible complicity with torture."

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