Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:24 AM
Eugene (20,310 posts)
Europe court award for rendition victim Khaled al-Masri
13 December 2012 Last updated at 15:27 GMT
The European Court of Human Rights has awarded a German citizen compensation after finding he was an innocent victim of extraordinary rendition by the CIA.
It ordered Macedonia to pay Khaled al-Masri 60,000 euros (£48,000; $78,000) for arresting him and handing him over to the Americans in December 2003.
He spent five months in secret CIA jails for suspected Islamist militants.
The verdict is a major victory for Mr Masri who has struggled to clear his name in the US and Germany.
Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20712615
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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:06 PM
Eugene (20,310 posts)
1. CIA 'tortured and sodomised' terror suspect, European court rules
Source: The Guardian
CIA 'tortured and sodomised' terror suspect, European court rules
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 13 December 2012 16.02 GMT
CIA agents tortured a German citizen, sodomising, shackling, and beating him, as Macedonian state police looked on, the European court of human rights said in a historic judgment released on Thursday.
In a unanimous ruling, it also found Macedonia guilty of torturing, abusing, and secretly imprisoning Khaled el-Masri, a German of Lebanese origin allegedly linked to terrorist organisations.
Masri was seized in Macedonia in December 2003 and handed over to a CIA "rendition team" at Skopje airport and secretly flown to Afghanistan.
It is the first time the court has described CIA treatment meted out to terror suspects as torture.
Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2012/dec/13/cia-tortured-sodomised-terror-suspect
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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:12 PM
bemildred (83,033 posts)
2. Wow, that is some sharp language.
UN special rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, Ben Emmerson, described the ruling as "a key milestone in the long struggle to secure accountability of public officials implicated in human rights violations committed by the Bush administration CIA in its policy of secret detention, rendition and torture".
He said the US government must issue an apology for its "central role in a web of systematic crimes and human rights violations by the Bush-era CIA, and to pay voluntary compensation to Mr el-Masri".
Germany should ensure that the US officials involved in this case are now brought to trial.