CIA secret prison: PACE President welcomes admission by former Romanian President

“In a recent interview in Der Spiegel, former Romanian President Ion Iliescu has admitted that he knew about a ‘CIA facility’ in Romania, though he denies knowing what went on inside it,” said Anne Brasseur, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).

“Back in 2006 and 2007, the Assembly’s rapporteur on CIA renditions and secret detentions Dick Marty accused Romania, alongside Poland, of having hosted secret detention facilities used for the torture of suspects in the so-called war on terror.

The Marty reports set in motion a process which Senator Marty called the ‘dynamic of truth’, resulting in more whistleblowers coming forward and leading to findings of violations of the European Convention of Human Rights by the Strasbourg Court, including recent rulings against Poland relating to a ‘black site’ identified by Senator Marty in 2007.

In view of Mr Iliescu’s admission, it is now up to the Romanian prosecutorial authorities to conduct a serious investigation into the facts, and to hold to account the perpetrators of any crimes committed in this context.”