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Torture watchdogs visit alleged CIA lock-ups in Lithuania

Last Updated: Friday, June 18, 2010 - 23:45

Vilnius: European anti-torture watchdogs
have visited two purported former `war on terror` lock-ups in
Lithuania allegedly used by US agents to interrogate Al-Qaeda
suspects, Lithuanian authorities said on Friday.

Members of the Council of Europe`s anti-torture committee
travelled to the locations this week, Lithuanian Justice
Minister Remigijus Simasius told agency.
"The committee members were interested in the case of
alleged illegal detention centres in Lithuania, and visited
the sites that are mentioned as the places where terrorist
suspects were held," Simasius said, declining to give details.

"Of course, there are no conclusions so far," he added.

The visit came amid a routine trip to assess regular
places of detention in the Baltic state, Simasius noted.

In December, a Lithuanian parliamentary probe identified
two secret lock-ups on the staunch US ally`s territory which
it said may have been used by Washington from 2003 to 2006.
But it noted that despite records showing aircraft from
the US Central Intelligence Agency landed in Lithuania, it was
not possible to say if suspects were actually brought to the
Baltic state.

Prosecutors are probing claims that high-ranking
Lithuanian security officials failed to inform their country`s
leaders about their collaboration with the United States.


First Published: Friday, June 18, 2010 - 23:45

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