Lithuania not to reopen CIA prison investigation

  • 2011-10-27
  • TBT Staff

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

VILNIUS -- Lithuania has said it will not re-open it's investigation into an alleged illegal CIA prison in the country, despite demands from Amnesty International.

Amnesty International, the world's most prominent human rights organization, last month called on Lithuania to re-open an investigation into a US prison camp that was reportedly based in the country. The calls came after new evidence was unveiled.

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.

"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 in late September.

The Lithuanian prosecutor's office, however, said that the new information was not sufficient or pertinent enough to warrent re-opening the investigation, which was closed in January for lack of evidence.