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The Baltic state of Lithuania is facing a lawsuit for hosting a secret CIA prison on its soil as a Guantanamo Bay prisoner who claims he was detained and tortured there takes his case to The Hague.
Abu Zubaydah has been in Washington’s hands for almost a decade. He is suspected of recruiting for al-Qaeda, but has never been formally charged. Like many other prisoners languishing in Guantanamo, he says crimes were committed against him during his interrogation by the CIA, as RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky reports.
Zubaydah’s case is being looked after by the human rights group, Interrights. Its lawyer, Vesselina Vandova, says her client’s claims of CIA abuses are backed by a government paper trail.
“There is evidence from US government internal reports that Abu Zubaydah was tortured at the hands of the CIA,” she asserts.
“He was subjected to very cruel treatment, for example, to mock executions and waterboarding.”
Though he seems to have every reason to hold a grudge against Washington, Abu Zubaydah filed a rather surprising lawsuit from his prison cell – against Lithuania. He claims that in 2005, he was held in a secret CIA prison in the Baltic state.
According to Vandova, Lithuania bears responsibility for its role in facilitating the operation of this CIA program.