Renditions in Germany: Dick Marty praises ‘conscientious’ parliamentary inquiry, calls for greater co-operation from authorities

Strasbourg, 26.03.2009 – Dick Marty (Switzerland, ALDE), former rapporteur of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) on secret detentions and illegal transfers of detainees in Europe, made a statement in Berlin today to the Bundestag Committee of Inquiry responsible for investigating the possible involvement of the German authorities.

"The Committee of Inquiry has worked very conscientiously. For a start, it exists, which is more than can be said of other countries against which much more serious criticisms have been levelled. It is for this reason that I concentrated the limited resources at my disposal on countries other than Germany.

I regret, however, that the government authorities have, only too often, refused to respond to requests information from the Committee, on the grounds of state secrecy.

In this connection, I await with great interest the decision of the German Federal Constitutional Court, which is shortly to rule on the legitimacy of the state secrecy argument used in response to the parliamentary investigation.

I also await, with interest and hope, the conclusions of the Committee of Inquiry, which has powers and resources beyond those that were at my disposal."