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By Jonathan Whitelaw

From The Scottish Sun | Original Article

Detectives investigating the use of airports by US officials in so-called rendition stopovers have now filed their final report

Officials in the US "could face prosecution" after a report was completed on the alleged use of Scottish airports in so-called "torture flights".

The investigation was launched into the rendition stopovers - the extralegal act of planes moving prisoners from one country to another - five years ago.

And MSPs are now calling for information on what will happen next after the probe was completed.

The Crown Office confirmed that a report had been filed.

And that the information was "being considered by the Crown’s Serious and Organised Crime Division".

A spokesperson for Crown Office said: “Information has been received from Police Scotland's Organised Crime & Counter Terrorism Unit regarding rendition flights.

“This information is being considered by the Crown’s Serious and Organised Crime Division.

“As this is a live investigation it would not be appropriate to comment further.”

Prosecutors could level charges at US officials allegedly involved in the flights.

The Daily Record reports that cops were probing six stopovers - with four at Prestwick Airport and two at Glasgow, with one plane dubbed "The Guantanamo Express".

It's also reported that there were some suggestions flights also landed at Inverness, Wick and Aberdeen between 2004 and 2006.

The cop probe was ordered in 2013 by then lord advocate Frank Mulholland.

And politicians are demanding to know what will be done now that the report has been filed.

Scottish Greens justice spokesman John Finnie said: “I plan to write to the Lord Advocate again on these important developments.”

Liam Kerr, Scottish Conservative justice spokesman, told the Daily Record: “The previous Lord Advocate had committed to investigating this matter.

"The current Lord Advocate must now outline where that investigation is – and where it is going.”

It's reported that the US Senate issued a partially classified 500-page report on the CIA detention and interrogation programme in December 2014.

Cops and Scotland allegedly asked the following year to see the full 6,000-page report, that would show dates, locations and other details that weren't included in the shortened version.

However, it's alleged that Scottish police haven't received it.

 


 Flights allegedly stopped over at Prestwick
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Flights allegedly stopped over at Prestwick

“This information is being considered by the Crown’s Serious and Organised Crime Division.

“As this is a live investigation it would not be appropriate to comment further.”

 
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