Dr Charles Tannock

Member of the European Parliament for London

EU blasts America for camp

Daily Mirror - 11 March 2004

By Rosa Prince

EURO MPs yesterday demanded America end the legal limbo of the 600 detainees still held at Guantanamo Bay.

The European Parliament backed a resolution calling for them to be released or given a fair trial.

The statement said they should be treated as prisoners of war, common crinminals or released.

And it warned of "dire consequences" for relations between the EU and US.

But Tory MEP Charles Tannock, said: "This is a thinly veiled attack on the US and its fight against terrorism.

"It should condemn al-Qaeda, who have killed and maimed thousands of innocent people, and concern itself with the rights of people in Europe to go about their lives in safety."

Fellow Tory MEP Geoffrey Van Orden said: "Normal rules often have to be suspended when dealing with terrorism."

But Britain's Green MEP Jean Lambert said: "The US has created a legal limbo which gives a green light for other regimes to detain and conduct 'torture-like' activities."