Dec. 22, 2009
A Lithuanian inquiry has found that the US Central Intelligence Agency set up and used secret prisons on its soil following the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in the US.
Lithuania’s intelligence agency assisted the CIA-run secret prisons, which were used to hold at least eight al-Qaeda suspects, the parliamentary panel in charge of the probe said in a report on Tuesday.
The National Security Committee report records instances in 2005 and 2006 when chartered planes were allowed to land in Lithuania, adding that all the Lithuanian officials, including President Dalia Grybauskaite, were kept in the dark about the aircraft’s passengers.
Inquiry confirms CIA had secret jails in Lithuania
December 22, 2009
An inquiry by the government reveals the country provided the CIA with at least two detention centers on its territory. This follows media reports that Lithuanian may have been involved in the U.S. extraordinary rendition program. The parliamentary committee found that between 2002 -2005 the U.S. agency’s planes were allowed to land in Lithuania. But the panel said it had found no evidence that suspects were interrogated on Lithuanian soil. Adding to the controversy was the former Lithuanian leader Rolandas Paksas who said it was his refusal to set up detention centres for the CIA that led to his impeachment in 2004.