VILNIUS, Lithuania – In a Feb. 20 story about a terror suspect, The Associated Press reported erroneously that an investigation had been reopened in Lithuania when instead a new investigation had begun. The AP also gave the wrong time period for when the suspect may have been held at a CIA site in Lithuania.
The human rights group Redress says Mustafa al-Hawsawi was likely secretly brought to Lithuania sometime between March 2004 and September 2006 and was held for an unknown period. The AP story erroneously said he was held for that time.
VILNIUS, Lithuania - Lithuanian prosecutors say they have opened an investigation into allegations that a Saudi citizen, Mustafa al-Hawsawi, who is suspected of involvement in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, was held at a secret CIA detention site in the Baltic country.
The prosecutors' decision Thursday follows a Jan. 29 Vilnius court ruling overturning a previous decision not to investigate the possible illegal transportation of people across the state border. Investigators closed a similar case in 2011, citing lack of evidence.
Human rights watchdog Redress says it was highly likely that al-Hawsawi was secretly held in Lithuania sometime between March 2004 and September 2006. He is currently detained in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.