Posts tagged as CIA

CIA operations in Soviet-occupied Lithuania: ‘Not a story of success’

Thursday, September 17, 2020

After the Second World War, the newly established American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) collected information on struggles against the Soviet occupation in the Baltic states. But the Soviets convinced the West that people in Lithuania did not support the resistance movement. When the World War ended, the US feared that there could be another war with the USSR. The American intelligence wanted to find out if the Soviet-occupied countries would…

Lithuania must ‘close the chapter’ on CIA prison

Monday, June 10, 2019

Justice Minister Elvinas Jankevicius said the country must “close the chapter” and prevent similar legal precedents in the future as he presented Lithuania’s actions in the suspected secret CIA prison case on Friday. The minister informed the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers in Strasbourg about Lithuania’s progress in executing the European Court of Human Rights’ ruling that the CIA operated a secret detention site for terror suspects in the…

Lithuania decides not to appeal against ECHR ruling on CIA prison

Thursday, August 23, 2018

The Lithuanian government has decided not to appeal against the European Court of Human Rights’ ruling that Lithuania hosted a secret CIA detention facility.    “It was decided that it would make no sense to appeal the judgement to the Grand Chamber, because there are no legal criteria for that,” Karolina Bubnyte-Sirmene, the government’s representative at the ECHR, told BNS on Wednesday.  Although Lithuania has doubts about the standard for evaluating evidence used…

Lithuania and Romania allowed US torture – European court

Thursday, May 31, 2018

European judges have ruled that Lithuania and Romania violated the rights of two al-Qaeda terror suspects by helping the CIA to mistreat them. The US captured Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri after the September 2001 attacks in the US and they are now at the Guantanamo Bay prison. The CIA operated secret prisons, including in Lithuania and Romania. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said both countries had…

Strasbourg court to issue ruling on suspected CIA prison in Lithuania this week

Monday, May 28, 2018

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is planning to issue its ruling regarding suspicions that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operated a secret prison for terror suspects in Lithuania between 2005 and 2006. The Strasbourg court is scheduled to deliver its judgement at a public hearing at 11 a.m. Vilnius time next Thursday, May 31. The complaint against Lithuania was brought by Abu Zubaydah, a Palestinian born in…