Despite the release of new information obtained by Amnesty International regarding the United States Central Intelligence Agency’s two secret detention facilities, or ‘black sites’, provided by the Lithuanian government between the years 2002 and 2006, Lithuanian prosecutors stated and twice confirmed that they will not be re-opening a new probe into whether or not the detention facilities actually held prisoners.
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 the black sites on Lithuanian soil.
Amnesty International however discovered flight logs for Abu Zubaydah, a Saudi Arabia national who was arrested in 2002 in Pakistan for allegedly conspiring to attack an airport in Los Angeles.
According to the flight logs, Zubaydah was transported from North Africa’s Morocco to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania in February of 2005 on flights previously unlisted in the parliamentary report given to Amnesty International.
According to released reports and records by former officials, Zubaydah has been waterboarded at least 83 times after the Bush administration authorized the torture method. Zubaydah is currently being held in the infamous Guantanamo Bay.
The Lithuanian prosecutors stated that this new information does not justify nor is substantial for a new probe.
The country of Lithuania is the only European country so far to have admitted that it directly worked with the CIA by only providing two facilities 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 nor any knowledge of the existence of these detention facilities.
(Cover Photo: Al Arabiya/File Photo)