Regarding the article titled “Tanzania flew Dar trader to Djibouti Prison” by Kevin Kelley (The EastAfrican, March 7-13), we are stunned by the assertion that Djibouti has been a “partner” with the CIA in the alleged torture of an innocent victim in a secret “black site” prison in Djibouti.
The allegation is not only fallacious but totally fictitious.
Djibouti has never played a part in the so-called CIA rendition and detention programme.
A clandestine activity is clandestine in the true sense of the term and no country can be held accountable.
Those who are, therefore, putting an unvarnished trust on the victim’s memories by filing a legal case against Djibouti and urging it to “answer for abuses it committed as part of the CIA’s secret programme” simply want to trade sound judicial inquiry for hearsay and publicity.
The statement that the victim “was blindfolded and placed on a Tanzair flight to Djibouti” is erroneous since there are no flight connections operating from Tanzania to Djibouti.
This story was in fact discredited a long time ago due to lack of sufficient evidence to support it.
Finally, Djibouti, while deploring the torture and inhuman treatment of any victims, by anyone, won’t accept the gratuitous denigration of its integrity and image on contrived and uncorroborated charges.