The National Court of Justice case investigating CIA ‘kidnapping’ flights to Guantanamo has reached Ibiza. In December the investigating judge, Ismael Moreno, ordered Spanish security authorities to hand over any logs and reports they made of a variety of telephone calls placed by eight CIA agents during their stay on Ibiza.
The newspaper El Pais reported that the American intelligence officials stayed at the Royal Plaza Hotel in Ibiza town from February 12th–16th, 2005. In a statement the court explained in wants to determine whether the stopovers on Ibiza have any connection with the extraordinary illegal ‘kidnapping’ of alleged Islamic criminals to the US detention camp at Guantanamo Bay on Cuba.
Articles that appeared in the newspapers El Pais and Diario de Mallorca reported that Ibiza’s airport was only used once by the CIA. The eight American intelligence officials showed diplomatic passports and during the stay of several days spent 3,400 euros for onboard catering. It remains unclear if prisoners were on board at that time.
Investigating judge Moreno also wants to clarify the case of Khaled El-Masri. The German citizen of Lebanese decent was ‘kidnapped’ from Macedonia and flown to Afghanistan where he alleges he was interrogated and tortured. El-Masri stated on several occasions that the airplane of his kidnappers made a stopover in Mallorca. Spain’s foreign minister Miguel Angel Moratinos (Social Democrats, PSOE) recently ordered an investigation into the involvement of the conservative government of former prime minister Jose Maria Aznar (People’s Party, PP) in these controversial extrajudicial ‘kidnapping’ flights by the CIA over Spanish territory.
Moratinos was reacting to a secret document from a foreign policy advisor to Aznar published by El Pais in early December. According to the article, in January 2002 Aznar approved the stopovers by the CIA airplanes in less than 24 hours. His only stipulation was that they be as ‘discreet’ as possible, preferably using the military bases in Rota or Moron, which are both located in Andalusia…