|Khaled el-Masri Wins European Court Case|
|Friday, 14 December 2012 08:23|
In a unanimous ruling, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg found that Macedonia had violated the European Convention on Human Rights for its role in the abduction of Khaled el-Masri. The ruling says Macedonia violated el-Masri’s right to liberty and security, not respecting his private life and not honouring his right to an effective remedy. The court ordered Macedonia to pay el-Masri 60,000 euros in damages. The court accepted his arguments that he holds Macedonia directly responsible for the time he spent in prison from 31 December 2003 to 28 May 2004 after his arrest while entering Macedonia and the transfer to Afghanistan. He claims he was abducted in Macedonia at the beginning of 2004 as part of CIA’s secret operations against Islamic terrorists and afterwards turned over to CIA agents who flew him to Afghanistan and tortured him for three months in order to make him reveal his connection with al-Qaeda. He was released after it had been revealed that border security guards had confused him with an operative of al-Qaeda with a similar name.
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