World Bulletin/News Desk
Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius called on Washington on Wednesday to say whether the CIA used his country to house one of the bases where it tortured prisoners, after a U.S. Senate report into abuse by the spy agency.
Lithuania was not named in the heavily redacted report on CIA torture released on Tuesday.
But the description of a "detention centre Violet" is consistent with a 2009-2010 Lithuanian parliament investigation, which found that the CIA set up and ran premises that could be used as a detention centre near the capital Vilnius.
The Lithuanian investigation found that the CIA ran flights in and out of the country, but could not determine whether the site was used to house prisoners because U.S. officials refused to cooperate.
Prime Minister Butkevicius said he now hoped parliament would reopen the investigation and that the United States would share information about its activity.
"I expect that cooperation will remain on a high level and the information will be shared and exchanged," he told reporters.
The prosecutor general's office, which was also investigating CIA bases, will ask Washington to provide a full version of the U.S. Senate report, or at least an unredacted version of the 600-page summary published on Tuesday, prosecutor Irmantas Mikelionis told reporters.
The prosecutors' investigations were halted in 2011 due to lack of proof. A new investigation, focusing on the possible illegal border crossing of CIA prisoner Mustafa al-Hawsawi, started earlier this year.
Abu Zubaydah, a Saudi now held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, says he was kept in the secret CIA site in Lithuania and has asked the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights to rule that Lithuania acted illegally.
"I was assured by top-ranking officials of our security agencies that there is no prison in Lithuania and that nobody ever delivered the prisoners," Adamkus told the local BNS news service .Last Mod: 10 Aralık 2014, 16:09