Amnesty International pressures Lithuania to re-investigate CIA prison

  • 2011-09-30
  • TBT Staff

The CIA prison camp in Lithuania allegedly operated between 2002 and 2006.

VILNIUS -- Prominent human rights group Amnesty International has urged Lithuania to re-open its investigation into a secret CIA prison camp that was located in the country between 2002 and 2006.

"There is enough information in the public domain to make it imperative for the criminal investigation to be re-opened," Julia Hall, Amnesty International's expert on counterterrorism and human rights in Europe, told journalists.

She said that new information uncovered by human rights groups made it clear that the Lithuanian investigation into the allegations had been insufficient.

The new information is centered on Abu Zubaydah, who was allegedly a prisoner in the Lithuania camp in 2005. George W Bush writes in his recent memoirs that he had authorized the use of waterboarding on Zubaydah.

Lithuania has said it is willing to reopen the investigation if new information is available.

“A decision on reopening of the investigation should first of all be made by law-enforcement institutions – is there any additional evidence? The Seimas and Lithuania’s law-enforcement institutions already did everything they could by the evidence they could examine until now," said Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius.