Torture watchdogs visit alleged CIA lock-ups in Lithuania



Torture watchdogs visit alleged CIA lock-ups in Lithuania 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.

PTI