Ex-detainee in US rendition suit tells EU parliament of interrogation by German

[JURIST] Khalid el-Masri [JURIST news archive], a German national allegedly kidnapped in Macedonia in 2003, held by the CIA in Afghanistan and finally released [JURIST report] in 2004 and dumped in Albania, testified Monday before a European Parliament committee investigating possible US renditions [JURIST report] through Europe that he was interrogated by a German while detained. El-Masri testified that he identified Gerhard Lehmann, an official with the Federal Criminal Office [official website, in German] in Germany, from a lineup. El-Masri said Lehmann identified himself only as "Sam" while interrogating him and spoke without a German accent. Germany has denied involvement [JURIST report] in the detention and said it did not know about the case until el-Masri was released. Committee members expressed skepticism [Deutsche Welle report] following the hearing, saying that el-Masri's testimony was not convincing.

El-Masri is part of an ACLU lawsuit against the CIA [JURIST report] over allegations that the agency used extraordinary rendition against terror suspects. AP has more.

 

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