N63MU, 22 August 2004: Rendition to Libya

N63MU, 20-24 August 2004

Rendition of three Libyan dissidents to Gaddafi prison system

Gulfstream IV, operated by International Group

Route: Elmira NY – Washington DC – Barcelona – Dubai – Kabul – Tripoli – Palma de Mallorca – Gander – Washington DC – Elmira NY

 

In August 2004, N63MU – which had previously flown prisoners between CIA sites in Thailand and Poland – was chartered by Computer Sciences Corporation to render three Libyan dissidents to the Gaddafi regime. The men – Mohammed al-Shoroeiya, Majid Mokhtar Sasy al-Maghrebi and Saleh Hadiyah Abu Abdullah Di’iki – gave testimony of their experiences to Human Rights Watch, in a recently published report. All three were transferred from Afghanistan to Libya on 22 August 2004.

Data gathered by Reprieve indicates that N63MU left Kabul at 14:02 on 22 August 2004 and arrived in Mitiga airport, in Tripoli, at 21:23. It paused on the runway for exactly an hour before heading to Palma de Mallorca where the crew and rendition team rested overnight. They then headed back via Canada to Dulles Airport in Washington DC.

Flight data released by EuroControl to the European Parliament’s Justice Committee earlier this year corroborates the plane’s movements.

The mission was contracted by CSC under subcontract S1007312, task 4. CSC paid a total of $254,967.05 for the mission. The plane was operated by International Group and trip planning was taken care of by Universal Weather and Aviation. Before setting out to transfer the men to Gaddafi’s notorious prison system, crew and rendition team ordered a spread of Mexican food and cookies for 12 people, at a total cost $1472.05.

Once in Libya, all three men were subjected to abuses including prolonged solitary confinement and beatings.