CIA torture scandal in Lithuania continues

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From the Canadian Press:

Rights groups, citing own evidence, call for Lithuania to reopen CIA prison investigation

By Liudas Dapkus (CP) – 2 hours ago

VILNIUS, Lithuania — Human rights groups have called on Lithuanian prosecutors to reopen a criminal probe into a secret CIA detention centre set up in the country, and a top national security lawmaker said Wednesday that investigators had failed to weigh all the evidence.

Prosecutors closed the case last week, citing a lack of evidence, but human rights groups Amnesty International and Reprieve slammed the decision, claiming they have evidence that the site was used to interrogate and torture terrorism suspects.

Arvydas Anusauskas, chairman of parliament’s national security committee, urged prosecutors to reopen the case and weigh information provided by the groups.

“Two international organizations claim they have solid proof of illegal activities in Lithuania. … I believe these sources could provide public or nonpublic testimony to Lithuanian officials,” he said after meeting with President Dalia Grybauskaite, who also suggested the case could be reopened if new evidence surfaced.

“Nobody is certain that new information will not emerge,” Anusauskas added.

A parliamentary probe in 2009 concluded that although Lithuania, a Baltic country in northeast Europe, provided two facilities to the CIA, there was no evidence the facilities ever held terrorism suspects.

Prosecutors launched their own investigation to determine whether any crimes had been committed, particularly by Lithuania’s top national security officials.

Julia Hall of Amnesty International said prosecutors’ decision to close the case was “premature.”

“By shuttering the investigation before all the evidence has been gathered and all lines of inquiry pursued, the prosecutor cuts off a process that had the potential to hold people accountable for serious human rights violations,” Hall said.

Reprieve said it had provided investigators with confidential information that Abu Zubaydah, a Palestinian repeatedly tortured by U.S. investigators, had been secretly imprisoned in Lithuania between 2004 and 2006. The NGO also said it supplied a list of individuals who could provide testimony — including CIA officials, Lithuanian handlers, and eyewitnesses.

The parliamentary probe determined that Lithuania’s top national security agency, the State Security Department, had struck a deal with the CIA in 2002 to create secret “black site” prisons near Vilnius to interrogate terrorist suspects.

Lawmakers did, however, reveal that aircraft involved in transporting prisoners had entered Lithuanian airspace and landed in Vilnius, the country’s capital, on several occasions in 2002-2005.

Gulet Mohamed, a 19-year-old American citizen, returned to the US Friday after being tortured—apparently on Washington’s orders—at the hands of the regime in Kuwait: here.

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  5. In the Vilkaviškis region of Lithuania near the Russian border a local farmer discovered a modern air-to-air missile.
    However, representatives of the State Border Guard Service of Lithuania reported that the missile was here since the “war times”. They informed the Ministry of Defence about the incident and called a demining team.
    According to Kuchinskis, local farmer, the object looked exactly as it was described by the media in case of an unauthorized uncontrollable launch of the AIM-120 AMRAAM missile over the territory of Estonia.
    There is still an open question about how a modern aviation missile could appear on the ground in Lithuania. Probably, it was another mistake of the Spanish Air Force.
    The incident that happened in Lithuania repeats the Estonian one. Though different incidents could happen in Lithuania as well, Lithuanians should have a right to know about them as soon as possible. They should be aware of the way how the NATO Air Police stationed at the military base in Šiauliai performs its duties. Why did Minister of Defence Raimundas Karoblis conceal the truth about the incident from people?
    In fact extraordinary events often took place in the airspace of Lithuania and Estonia. Unfortunately, the leaders of Estonia and Lithuania were not the first to be informed.


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