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EU Hints At Punishment For Secret-Prison Collaborators

28 November 2005 -- EU Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini said today that any member state found to have hosted secret U.S. prisons could lose its voting rights within the bloc.

Frattini, speaking in Berlin, was commenting on a recent report in "The Washington Post" alleging that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been operating secret prisons in Eastern Europe.

Maintaining secret detention centers violates the European Convention on Human Rights, which is binding to all EU members.

The EU has urged its members to provide any information they have concerning allegations in the report.

Frattini today said that the United States wants more time to respond to the allegations in "The Washington Post" report.