Lithuania hosted secret CIA prisons

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The CIA used at least two secret detention centres in Lithuania after the 11 September 2001 terror attacks on the US, a Lithuanian inquiry has found.

The report by a Lithuanian parliamentary committee says that in 2005 and 2006 CIA chartered planes were allowed to land in Lithuania.

It says that no Lithuanian officials were allowed near the aircraft, nor were they told who was on board.

At least eight terror suspects were held at one centre, the report says.

The centre, on the outskirts of the capital Vilnius, was formerly a riding school. The suspects were reportedly held there between 2004 and 2005.

In August this year, US media reports claimed that Lithuania, along with Poland and Romania, was the location of a secret CIA interrogation centre.

But the parliamentary report appears to absolve Lithuania's political leaders of responsibility for any human rights violations that may have been committed by the CIA.

It says even the president was unaware of exactly what the US intelligence service was doing.



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