Lithuania is being pressured by Amnesty International to re-open criminal investigations into human rights abuses carried out by the United States Central Intelligence Agency concerning the two secret detention facilities provided by the Lithuanian government between the years 2002 and 2006. Government officials stated that they will consider re-opening a criminal probe once more.
Two previous probes were dropped earlier by Lithuania’s parliament and prosecutor general in January 2009 when the government concluded that there was no evidence that any person was detained at a black site on Lithuanian soil.
Lithuania is the only European country to have admitted that it directly worked with the CIA by only providing the two facilities, or “black sites” as they are called, and nothing else.
Countries like Poland, Romania and many others in Europe, Africa and the Middle East that have long been suspected of assisting the CIA by providing black sites, have adamantly denied any involvement or any knowledge of the existence of these detention facilities.
Some countries only claim that they provided indirect assistance to the CIA by just providing airports.
However, Amnesty International is urging the Lithuanian government to again investigate these matters once more after the human rights organization discovered flight logs for Abu Zubaydah, a Saudi Arabia national who was arrested in 2002 in Pakistan for allegedly being involved in a plot to attack an airport in Los Angeles.
Zubaydah was allegedly transported from North Africa’s Morocco to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania in February 2005 on flights unlisted in the parliamentary report given to Amnesty International.
Zubaydah is currently being held in Guantanamo Bay.
According to released reports and records by former officials, Zubaydah has been waterboarded at least 83 times as a result of the Bush administration’s authorization of such a torture method.