Local group urges stop to 'facilitating torture'

January 19, 2012 2:53:37 PM PST
A local company is once again at the center of allegations of facilitating torture. It all has to do with the treatment of suspected terrorists.

The group NC Stop Torture Now met Thursday with representatives of Gov. Bev Perdue and Attorney General Roy Cooper's office. But they say nobody made them any promises.

(Click here to see a previous story from 2007.)

Stop Torture Now has been fighting the battle for several years now. They accuse Smithfield company Aero Contractors of providing planes to the CIA to fly terrorism suspects outside the U.S. to countries where they may have been tortured.

They say a new report that the Immigration and Human Rights Policy Clinic at the UNC School of Law conducted shows evidence that's exactly what's happening.

Stop Torture Now wants the governor and attorney general to get involved and they say what they want is very simple.

"To take this report very seriously, to read the report, to think about its implications and then to launch an investigation," said Christina Cowger, with NC Stop Torture Now.

Aero Contractors denies the allegations.

There's been no comment from Perdue's office yet.

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