“Contrary to earlier explicit assurances that Diego Garcia had not been used for rendition flights, recent US investigations have now revealed two occasions, both in 2002, when this had in fact occurred,” he said.
“An error in the earlier US records search meant that these cases did not come to light”
David Miliband, British foreign secretary
“In both cases a US plane with a single detainee on board refuelled at the US facility in Diego Garcia,” Miliband said.
Miliband said he was “very sorry indeed” to have to correct earlier government denials on the basis of new information passed to Britain by the US government on February 15.
“An error in the earlier US records search meant that these cases did not come to light,” he said.
Gordon Brown, the British prime minister, said he was disappointed and that it was unfortunate that US rendition flights happened without UK knowledge.
British police said last year they had found no evidence to support claims that American CIA planes transporting terrorism suspects to face possible torture in secret prisons in Europe landed illegally at British airports.