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Amnesty Calls on Lithuania to Reopen Case on Secret CIA Prison

September 29, 2011

Sept. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Amnesty International called on Lithuania to reopen an investigation into a secret Central Intelligence Agency prison in the Baltic country as new evidence of a rendition flight emerged.

Amnesty International and other human rights groups uncovered a flight from Morocco to Lithuania, which landed in the capital of Vilnius on Feb. 17, 2005, that may have carried Abu Zubaydah, an al-Qaeda suspect, the organization said in a press conference in Vilnius today.

The Lithuanian general prosecutor’s office closed its pre- trial investigation in January on the secret prison operations in Lithuania, citing a lack of evidence. Amnesty International said Lithuania’s probe on possible human rights violations was incomplete.

“We come with concern that the information that prosecutors had wasn’t fully investigated,” said Julia Hall, Amnesty’s expert on counter-terrorism and human rights. “We have information that leads to credible allegations that Abu Zubaydah was here.”

A Lithuanian parliamentary commission said in December it had evidence to show that security department officials allowed the CIA to operate a secret prison in the Baltic state between 2022 and 2006 to detain terrorist suspects.

Lithuanian officials provided two sites and a logistics system for secret detention. The panel said it had no “firm evidence” that the prison was used for its original purpose to interrogate terrorist suspects.

--Editors: James M. Gomez, Alan Crosby

To contact the reporter on this story: Milda Seputyte in Vilnius at mseputyte@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Balazs Penz at bpenz@bloomberg.net


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