British lawmakers will probe allegations that the UK government has been allowing the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to bring terrorist suspects through London-area airports in business jets. They are concerned about reports that the agency has been flying suspects to countries where they will face torture, in breach of both United Nations conventions and Britain’s own Criminal Justice Act.
Human rights abuses
In a child-abduction case that has sent a chill through the business aviation industry, a Connecticut jury has ordered Executive Jet Management (EJM) to pay $27 million to a mother whose ex-husband hired an EJM aircraft for the purpose of abducting the couple’s two children.
Amnesty International last month released a report (http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGAMR510572006) on the alleged illegal transfer of suspected terrorists between countries via chartered aircraft.