UK Government contractor Computer Sciences Corporation flew CIA prisoners to Gaddafi
September 7, 2012
A firm with a number of UK Government contracts was responsible for rendering several political prisoners from a CIA secret prison in Afghanistan to the Gaddafi regime’s cells in Libya, according to new data released by Reprieve.
Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), which provides services to a number of Government bodies including the NHS, Home Office and Ministry of Defence, was responsible for contracting flights to carry three prisoners from Afghanistan to Libya on 22 August 2004.
The men are the subject of a new report by Human Rights Watch, published this week, which details how they were subjected to torture including waterboarding while in CIA custody in Afghanistan. In Libya, all three men – Mohammed al-Shoroeiya, Majid Mokhtar Sasy al-Maghrebi and Saleh Hadiyah Abu Abdullah Di’iki – were subjected at various points to prolonged solitary confinement and beating.
Data gathered by Reprieve indicates that these men were flown on a Gulfstream IV jet contracted by CSC which left Kabul at 14:02 on 22 August 2004 and arrived in Mitiga airport, in Tripoli, that evening. It paused on the runway for an hour before the crew returned to Washington DC via Mallorca and Canada.
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.
Reprieve investigator Crofton Black said: “This is yet more evidence of CSC’s extensive involvement in the secret prison system. Not only did they move into and out of CIA sites, but they also helped to offer up to Gaddafi his political opponents.”
Notes to editors
1. For further information, please contact Donald Campbell in Reprieve’s press office: +44 (0) 207 427 1082 / firstname.lastname@example.org
2. HRW’s report can be found here: http://www.hrw.org/reports/2012/09/05/delivered-enemy-hands
3. Data gathered by Reprieve indicates that these men were transferred to Libya on a Gulfstream IV jet, registered N63MU. The plane 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.
- The documents themselves are available on Reprieve’s website: http://www.reprieve.org.uk/articles/libya2004
4. CSC’s contract with the NHS has been widely reported: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/mar/06/computer-sciences-corporation-retain-health-contracts
The firm has also won contracts with the UK Borders Agency http://www.csc.com/investor_relations/press_releases/1587-csc_introduces_worldbridge_service_to_manage_uk_visa_application_process?ref=ls and the Ministry of Defence: http://www.computerweekly.com/news/2240160907/MoD-awarded-303m-contract-to-CSC-despite-torture-flight-allegations
5. Reprieve has asked that CSC sign up to its “Zero Tolerance for Torture” pledge, but the firm has so far refused: http://www.reprieve.org.uk/articles/csc