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Lawyer: CIA gave Romania millions to host secret prisons

  • FILE - In this Dec. 2011 file photo, the National Registry Office for Classified Information, behind the railway tracks, also known as ORNISS, where between 2003 and 2006, the CIA operated a secret prison from the building's basement, bringing in high-value terror suspects for interrogation and detention, sits in a busy residential neighborhood minutes from the center of Romania's capital city Bucharest. The CIA paid Romania "millions of dollars" to host secret prisons, a rights lawyer said Wednesday, June 29, 2016 as the European Court of Human Rights heard accusations that Romania allowed the agency to torture terrorism suspects in a secret renditions program under President George W. Bush. (AP Photo/ File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 2011 file photo, the National Registry Office for Classified Information, behind the railway tracks, also known as ORNISS, where between 2003 and 2006, the CIA operated a secret prison from the building's basement, bringing in high-value terror suspects for interrogation and detention, sits in a busy residential neighborhood minutes from the center of Romania's capital city Bucharest. The CIA paid Romania "millions of dollars" to host secret prisons, a rights lawyer said Wednesday, June 29, 2016 as the European Court of Human Rights heard accusations that Romania allowed the agency to torture terrorism suspects in a secret renditions program under President George W. Bush. (AP Photo/ File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2005, file picture Romanian military staff stand at the end of a corridor on the Mihail Kogalniceanu airbase, near the Black Sea port of Constanta, a Soviet-era facility which became a key focus of a European investigation into allegations that the CIA operated secret prisons, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) east of Bucharest, Romania. The CIA paid Romania "millions of dollars" to host secret prisons, a rights lawyer said Wednesday as the European Court of Human Rights heard accusations that Romania allowed the agency to torture terrorism suspects in a secret renditions program under President George W. Bush. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)

    FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2005, file picture Romanian military staff stand at the end of a corridor on the Mihail Kogalniceanu airbase, near the Black Sea port of Constanta, a Soviet-era facility which became a key focus of a European investigation into allegations that the CIA operated secret prisons, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) east of Bucharest, Romania. The CIA paid Romania "millions of dollars" to host secret prisons, a rights lawyer said Wednesday as the European Court of Human Rights heard accusations that Romania allowed the agency to torture terrorism suspects in a secret renditions program under President George W. Bush. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Dec. 2011 file photo, the National Registry Office for Classified Information, also known as ORNISS, where between 2003 and 2006, the CIA operated a secret prison from the building's basement, bringing in high-value terror suspects for interrogation and detention, sits in a busy residential neighborhood minutes from the center of Romania's capital city Bucharest. The CIA paid Romania "millions of dollars" to host secret prisons, a rights lawyer said Wednesday, June 29, 2016 as the European Court of Human Rights heard accusations that Romania allowed the agency to torture terrorism suspects in a secret renditions program under President George W. Bush. (AP Photo/File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 2011 file photo, the National Registry Office for Classified Information, also known as ORNISS, where between 2003 and 2006, the CIA operated a secret prison from the building's basement, bringing in high-value terror suspects for interrogation and detention, sits in a busy residential neighborhood minutes from the center of Romania's capital city Bucharest. The CIA paid Romania "millions of dollars" to host secret prisons, a rights lawyer said Wednesday, June 29, 2016 as the European Court of Human Rights heard accusations that Romania allowed the agency to torture terrorism suspects in a secret renditions program under President George W. Bush. (AP Photo/File)  (The Associated Press)

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."