Strasbourg court to decide on Lithuania’s appeal against CIA prison ruling next week

European Court of Human Rights
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A panel of five judges will examine the government’s Grand Chamber referral request on Monday, with its decision to be made public on Tuesday, the Strasbourg-based court said.

The ECHR ruled on May 31 that the CIA had operated a secret detention site for terror suspects in Lithuania, ordering the country to pay 130,000 euros in damages to Abu Zubaydah, a Saudi Arabia-born Palestinian, over his alleged unlawful imprisonment.

In a reversal of the Justice Ministry’s earlier announcement that Lithuania would not turn to the Grand Chamber, the government said in late August that it would ask for the judgement to be reconsidered.

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