Lithuania has been criticized by six members of the European Parliament for inadequate investigations into the secret prisons run by the US Central Intelligence Agency in the country’s territory.
On Friday, the six MEPs said they plan to attempt to rekindle the investigation into the CIA-run secret prisons in the Baltic state, where terrorism suspects were allegedly tortured.
The six MEPs, who are members of the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee, were on a three-day fact-finding mission to Lithuania to ascertain whether a new investigation should be launched.
In 2009, an investigation by Lithuanian MPs discovered that the country had allowed the CIA to set up two secret prisons in 2002 and 2004.
The chief of Lithuania’s domestic intelligence service resigned over the issue.
When asked about whether there were any detainees held in the secret jails, MP Arvydas Anusauskas, the chairman of the Lithuanian Parliament’s National Security and Defense Committee, replied, “There were facilities, there were possibilities, there were (CIA) planes, though we can't know what was on board... Therefore such a possibility exists.”
A number of Lithuanian MPs have said that a new European Parliament investigation would give rise to more questions than answers.
The CIA allegedly operated secret jails in Poland, Romania, Lithuania, and other countries in order to detain and torture terrorism suspects outside of US jurisdiction.
Source: Press TV, 28 April 2012