Russia: Lithuanian lawyer seeks to indict top officials over human rights violations

SOT, Moderator: «Can you name names today?» SOT, Professor Stanislovas Tomas, human rights lawyer: «Of course. They follow from the judgement of the European Court of Human Rights. So look, the European Court of Human Rights has issued, you know, their judgement in May this year. In that judgement, they described the structure, how it was done. They described the fact, there is the President of... Еще Lithuania Rolandas Paksas [from 2003 to 2004]. He is approached by the head of the State Security Department. So the director-general of the State Security Department asks the president of the republic an authorisation to establish a secret prison in Lithuania in order to torture Arabs who are detained without a court order.» *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE* Human rights lawyer Stanislovas Tomas, who filed complaints to the UN against Lithuania for allowing the United States to run secret prisons on its territory, wants the former president of Lithuania and the head of national security department to be considered prime suspects. He made the statements during an interview in Moscow on Thursday. «The European Court of Human Rights does not name the highest officials, but you see that at least two of them are in fact named: the President of the Republic Valdas Adamkus [from 1998 to 2003 and again from 2004 to 2009] and then Arvydas Pocius, the Director General of the State Security Department. Both of them should be declared suspects,» Tomas emphasised. According to the European Court of Human rights' judgement of 31 May 2018, Lithuania was complicit in the torture of two al-Qaeda terror suspects by the CIA. Lithuania has never officially admitted hosting secret CIA rendition facilities, which were allegedly set up during US President George W. Bush's 'war on terror' in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

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