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Delfi - Lithuania | Thursday, December 11, 2014

Lithuania needs to know about CIA prisons

The report of the US Senate on the CIA's interrogation methods indicates that Lithuania also had a secret prison. But high-ranking politicians in the country have denied having any knowledge of the facility. Political scientist Kęstutis Girnius calls for light to be shed on the matter: "It's quite clear that the so-called 'detention centre Violet' existed in Lithuania in which the Saudi citizen Mustafa al-Hawsawis was detained. ... It is now vitally important to clarify how the CIA centre in Lithuania was set up, how the Lithuanian laws were by-passed, who took these decisions and whether this all indeed took place without the knowledge of the president at the time [Valdas Adamkus]. In other words, what circumstances led to the principles of the rule of law being violated in Lithuania? The report was published in the US to prevent the repetition of such things. Lithuania needs a similar report for exactly the same reason."

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