Then it was time for the national anthems, with the Barenaked Ladies doing a rendition
of "Oh, Canada," and Fergie performing the "Star Spangled Banner.
Expectedly the rendition
went on spontaneously and sounded well polished, as kinks were ironed out in the rehearsal the night before.
Mr Belhadj accused former foreign secretary Jack Straw and an ex-senior MI6 officer, Sir Mark Allen, of being responsible for his rendition
, alongside his pregnant wife, from Thailand to Libya.
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Dr Raphael, an academic behind research group the Rendition
Project, said: "We're told there were no detainees on board the planes when they landed in Scotland but that's missing the point.
Although the Senate report does not name any countries or airports involved in rendition
flights and refuelling stops, it was interesting to see the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs deny that Shannon airport was implicated in this transportation regime.
He was joined by St Cuthberts Care's chief executive, Moira Ashman, in belting out a raucous rendition
of the Christmas classic.
A separate report released last Tuesday by Democrats on the US Senate intelligence committee, revealed how detainees were tortured at rendition
sites using techniques that were "brutal and far worse than the CIA represented" under the "renditions
, detentions and interrogations" program.
It cannot be established if the planes had prisoners on board, only that aircraft were linked to rendition
According to the report, Pakistan allowed the use of its airports and airspace for flights operated by Jeppesen Dataplan that were associated with CIA extraordinary renditions
It says he was subjected to "unlawful detention and inhuman and degrading treatment in Hong Kong", on the plane to Tripoli during his extraordinary rendition
and during his subsequent imprisonment in Libya.
Abdel Hakim Belhad claims the and his wife were tortured during the rendition
process in 2004
LIBYANS need justice over claims that British spies were involved in rendition
and torture before the two countries can forge a positive relationship for the future, the detainee at the centre of a new criminal inquiry said last night.
In the great tradition of Super Bowl gaffes, the "Dirrty" diva fluffed the lines for Star Spangled Banner as she performed the rendition
A confidential diplomatic memo from the American embassy claimed that in private Mr Ahern suspected that rendition
flights had re-fuelled on Irish soil.