Lithuanian government appeals ECHR ruling on CIA prison
The government has appealed the European Court of Human Rights' ruling that a Saudi Arabia-born Palestinian was unlawfully interrogated at a secret CIA detention site in Lithuania more than a decade ago.
The government last Friday, which was the deadline day, filed its request with the Strasburg-based court for the case to be referred to the Grand Chamber, officials at the Justice Ministry confirmed to BNS on Monday.
The ECHR ruled on May 31 that Lithuania hosted a secret CIA prison for terror suspects between 2005 and 2006, ordering the country to pay 130,000 euros in damages to Abu Zubaydah over his alleged unlawful imprisonment in Lithuania.
In a reversal of the Justice Ministry's announcement that Lithuania would not turn to the Grand Chamber, the Cabinet decided to ask for the judgement to be reviewed.
The Lithuanian government's representatives told the Strasbourg court that the suspected building in Antaviliai, near Vilnius, was to house an intelligence support center and that the suspected planes had transported communication equipment rather than people to Lithuania.