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Police find no evidence Scots airports used for CIA torture flights

Police Scotland launched an investigation in 2013 into claims Scots airports were used for CIA flights transporting terror suspects.

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A Police Scotland probe into CIA flights is yet to find any evidence Scots airports were used to transport terror suspects.

In December last year, a CIA torture report published in the US was probed by Scots police looking into claims Scottish airports were used to transport terror suspects.

Scotland's Lord Advocate ordered police to look into the report produced by the US Senate, which exposed the CIA's detention and interrogation programme and the extent interrogation methods were used by America during the "war on terror".

Although the programme's existence has been well-known for years, the level of detail contained in the 480-page summary offers a new insight into the work of the CIA.

In 2013, Scots police began investigating claims that Scottish airports were used by CIA rendition flights travelling to secret prisons where terror-suspects were tortured.

After the two-year investigation, no evidence has, as yet, been found to prove Scottish airports were involved in rendition flights by American security services.

A statement from Police Scotland said: "An investigation into extraordinary rendition is ongoing. Inquiries to date have not uncovered evidence of detainees being on board aircraft which stopped in Scottish airports."

The Scottish inquiry was launched after an academic study claimed to have uncovered conclusive proof that UK airports were used as stop-off destinations by flights transporting prisoners abroad.

The Rendition Project by Dr Ruth Blakeley, from Kent University, and Kingston University’s Dr Sam Raphael aims to gather information on all flights involved in the illegal transfer of prisoners by intelligence services since the declaration of the War on Terror in 2001.

According to data published by the researchers online, Prestwick, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Wick and Edinburgh airports have been used in rendition flights.

The Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC at the time instructed Police Scotland to consider the US Senate report into the CIA interrogation programme as part of their investigation.

He said: "The use of torture cannot be condoned. It is against international law and contrary to the common law of Scotland.

"I have instructed Police Scotland to consider the information published in the U.S. Senate report as part of the ongoing police investigation into rendition flights into Scotland."

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