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ATHENS (Reuters) 15 min. ago -- A prominent Greek lawyer accused British security forces of illegally detaining Pakistanis living in Greece days after suicide bombings in London in July.
Fragiskos Ragoussis, one of the country's best known criminal lawyers, submitted a file to the Greek parliament on the allegations, automatically triggering a parliamentary investigation.
Ragoussis, who is also a defence attorney for members of Greece's once-feared November 17 leftist guerrilla group, alleged that 28 Pakistani men were arrested, detained up to a week and interrogated on Greek soil by British security officials.
The Liberty Human Rights Group said the Pakistani men were snatched from their homes by plain-clothes men, hooded and abducted for interrogation by persons speaking English fluently.
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The British embassy in Athens refused to comment on the allegations, saying it was a matter for the Greek authorities.
"It is Her Majesty's Government's well established policy not to comment or enter into media speculation about the alleged operations of the UK's security and intelligence services, no matter how far fetched - as it is in this case," it said in a statement.
"Treason doth never prosper: what's the reason?
For if it prosper, none dare call it treason."
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ROTTERDAM (RNW) Dec. 12 -- A court in Rotterdam gave the green light yesterday for the extradition to the United States of Wesam al Delaema, who was arrested in May this year and faces charges in the US for his alleged involvement in the armed insurgency taking place in Iraq.
If he is indeed handed over to the American authorities - and this depends on the outcome of an appeal - Wesam al Delaema would be the first ever foreigner to stand trial in the US itself on charges relating to terrorist activities in Iraq. Prior to the Rotterdam court ruling, the Dutch authorities obtained the assurance that he will not face the death penalty in the US and that it may be possible for him to serve an eventual prison term in the Netherlands.
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What a wimp!
Cross-posted from diary --
Serial Killer Confesses to 30,000 Murders; Receives Applause ◊ by ghandi
Tue Dec 13th, 2005 at 07:11:33 AM PST
Serial Killer Confesses to 30,000 Murders; Receives Applause
"I done kilt me 10 times as many as old Osama ever done," Exults Bush
From the AP Newswire ...
Cheney's January 2005 trip to Poland to mark the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp may have had a side trip.
Informed sources in Washington report that when Dick Cheney flew to Poland for the 60th anniversary ceremonies marking the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp last January, his three day visit also included a clandestine visit to a secret CIA camp in Poland where suspected "Al Qaeda" prisoners were being subjected to torture.
VP Cheney paid a quick visit to the Auschwitz camp and wrote in the guest book "may the evils committed here never again darken our world." Cheney's personal party included his wife Lynne Cheney, his daughter Elizabeth Cheney, and Lewis "Scooter" Libby. Two weeks after the Polish visit, Elizabeth Cheney, who served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs from 2002 to 2003, was named by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs and Coordinator for Broader Middle East and North Africa Initiatives.
There is particular interest being focused on Lynne Cheney's former colleague at AEI, Radek Sikorski, Poland's new Defense Minister. Under its center-right government and a former Deputy Defense Minister who may have served as a liaison between Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld's Pentagon on the establishment of the secret prison network in Poland.
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