Lawyer: CIA gave Romania millions to host secret prisons


BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A rights lawyer says Romania was paid “millions of dollars” by the CIA to host secret prisons. He spoke at a European Court of Human Rights hearing into accusations that Romania allowed the agency to torture terrorism suspects as part of a secret renditions program under President George W. Bush.

Amrit Singh told the court on Wednesday there were CIA prisons in Romania from 2003-2005 with Romania’s “acquiescence and connivance.”

Romanian government representative Catrinel Brumar countered there was insufficient evidence to hold Romania responsible.

Singh said her client, Saudi Arabian national Abd al-Rahim Al Nashiri, was shackled, slapped and given forced rectal feeding at a Bucharest CIA prison in 2004. He is currently in U.S. custody at Guantanamo Bay.

Amnesty International called Wednesday’s hearing a “milestone in accountability.”

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