Wednesday, March 12, 2008

UK top cop who led CIA probe found dead

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Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Michael Todd, left,
with Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown is seen outside
Greenheys Police station in Manchester, England,
in this Nov. 16, 2007 file photo.


MANCHESTER, England - A city police chief who led an investigation into charges
that Britain cooperated with secret CIA flights to transport terrorism suspects without
formal proceedings has been found dead, his deputy said Tuesday.

Manchester Chief Constable Michael Todd, 50, was found dead in Snowdonia,
about 240 miles northwest of London, Deputy Chief Constable Dave Whatton said.
He had been missing since going out for a walk Monday during his day off.

Todd was elected vice president of the Association of Chief Police Officers of England and

Wales in 2006, according to a biography on his Web site.

The association gave him the task of looking into accusations that Britain allowed the CIA

to use the country's airports to fly terrorism suspects to other countries without any extradition

hearings, a clandestine procedure known as "extraordinary rendition."

Todd's investigation concluded last June that there was no evidence to back the claim. Last month,

however, Britain admitted one of its remote outposts in the Indian Ocean had twice been used by

the United States as a refueling stop for the secret transfer of two terrorism suspects.