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Prime Minister claims not to be aware of request for clarification on CIA flyovers
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 20:07   PDFPrint E-mail

Prime Minister José Maria Neves affirmed he was unaware of any request for information regarding possible secret CIA flights used to transport terrorism suspects through Cape Verdean airspace. Neves made the affirmation while speaking to journalists following his meeting Tuesday night with United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the island of Sal.

José Maria Neves claimed to be unaware that two non-governmental organizations working in the area of human rights requested clarifications regarding secret CIA flights that allegedly passed through Cape Verdean airspace.

“I can’t tell you anything at all, because I was never at any time given this information, and I never received any request for information from any non-governmental organization. I can’t talk about something about which I know nothing,” he said.

José Maria Neves also affirmed that Cape Verde has not received any additional requests to take former Guantanamo detainees, nor has it signed any accords to receive them. He confirmed, however, that “we do have one, and he is integrating very well.”

The head of government was referring to Abd-al-Nisr Mohammed Khantumani, a Syrian citizen who was detained in Afghanistan during the administration of former US President George W. Bush in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States, but was never found guilty of any crime.