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29 May 2007

Claudio Gatti, International Herald Tribune

Boeing unit to face suit in CIA seizures

The American Civil Liberties Union plans to file a lawsuit...alleging that a subsidiary of Boeing [Jeppesen] aided the Central Intelligence Agency in the forced transportation of three plaintiffs who say they were captured and flown to overseas prisons and in some cases tortured. The civil suit is to be filed...under the Alien Tort Claims Act..."Evidence points to Jeppesen as a major player in the extraordinary rendition program," said Steven Watt, staff lawyer for the ACLU...Watt added, "The evidence here also points to Jeppesen contracting to profit from torture." Jeppesen referred any request for comments to Boeing. Tim Neale, director of communications at Boeing, declined to respond "because to do so would mean commenting on the work Jeppesen does for clients under contracts that call for confidentiality."..."Jeppesen...operates in accordance with the laws."...An investigation conducted by an Italian business daily, Il Sole 24 Ore, also independently found evidence that two of the three plaintiffs in the ACLU lawsuit...were transported aboard a Gulfstream V and a Boeing 737 with the logistical support from Jeppesen. [also refers to Air Routing International.]