Lithua­nia has per­mit­ted tor­ture by U.S. au­thor­i­ties, rules ECHR

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The Euro­pean Court of Hu­man Rights has ruled in the case of U.S. held Abu Zubay­dah v. Lithua­nia that the Baltic state has se­cretly al­lowed the «ill-treat­ment and ar­bi­trary de­ten­tion» of the ter­ror sus­pect by the U.S. Cen­tral In­tel­li­gence Agency (CIA) on Lithua­nian soil.

Ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease by the Court pub­lished on Wed­nes­day, May 31, the ap­pli­cant in the case is a state­less Pales­tinian who was born in 1971 called Zayn Al-Abidin Muham­mad Husayn, who is also known as Abu Zubay­dah, about him be­ing kept in a se­cret CIA prison that the Court ruled had ex­isted in Lithua­nia be­tween Fe­bru­ary 2005 and March 2006.

Judges found unan­i­mously that there have been: «Vi­o­la­tions of Ar­ti­cle 3 (pro­hi­bi­tion of tor­ture) of the Euro­pean Con­ven­tion on Hu­man Rights, be­cause of the Government’s fail­ure to ef­fec­tively in­ves­ti­gate Mr Husayn’s al­le­ga­tions and be­cause of its com­plic­ity in the CIA’s ac­tions that had led to ill-treat­ment; and vi­o­la­tions of Ar­ti­cle 5 (right to lib­erty and se­cu­rity), Ar­ti­cle 8 (right to re­spect for pri­vate life), and Ar­ti­cle 13 (right to an ef­fec­tive rem­edy), in con­junc­tion with Ar­ti­cle 3»

The Court added that facts on the de­tainee had to be found from var­i­ous in­di­rect sources as Husayn was still be­ing held by the U.S. au­thor­i­ties in very re­stric­tive con­di­tions.

The Husayn had been within Lithua­nia’s ju­ris­dic­tion and that the coun­try had been re­spon­si­ble for the vi­o­la­tions of his rights un­der the Con­ven­tion and sug­gested to Vil­nius to con­clude a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Husayn’s case and pun­ish any of­fi­cials re­spon­si­ble.

Pan­therMe­dia/SCANPIX

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