President of the Republic of Lithuania

CIA prison story – a test for Lithuania’s political maturity

2009-12-22

Tuesday, December 22, Vilnius - Having assessed conclusions of the parliamentary investigation by the National Security and Defence Committee of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania into alleged presence of a CIA (U.S. Central Intelligence Agency) prison in Lithuania, President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė underlined that "Lithuania cannot be held hostage by a small group of people who cannot stop toying with power".


According to the President, there is a need to guarantee democratic control over special services in the country and to establish a clear and transparent decision-making procedure with respect to issues of importance to national security.
"Lithuania will be respected as a State only if we do not have human rights despised or national security compromised either by ourselves or by others. We have to get rid of political lies and intrigues - these are the lessons to be learned if we are to reach political maturity," President Dalia Grybauskaitė said.


The National Security and Defence Committee of the Seimas established that the State Security Department did receive requests from CIA to equip premises suitable for holding detainees and that such premises were indeed equipped but the Committee did not establish that suspected terrorists were held imprisoned there.


According to the President, her indirect suspicions proved true as the investigation by the Committee reported that special buildings were constructed, did exist and could have been adapted for holding detainees.


The President also stressed that there was a basis for questioning whether officers of the State Security Department named in the said investigation had acted within the scope of their authority.
Press Service of the President

Last updated 2009.12.22 11:05

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