No evidence to disprove el-Masri rendition allegations: German prosecutor Joshua Pantesco at 1:04 PM ET
[JURIST] No evidence has surfaced to disprove the extraordinary rendition allegations [statement] of the German man who sued the US Central Intelligence Agency, a German prosecutor familiar with the evidence collected by the German government in the case said Thursday. Khalid El-Masri [JURIST news archive; ACLU case materials] has said he was kidnapped in Macedonia in 2003 in an instance of extraordinary rendition [JURIST news archive], held by the CIA in Afghanistan where he was subjected to inhumane conditions and coercive interrogation, and finally released in 2004 and dropped off in Albania without ever being charged. The prosecutor also said that while el-Masri's statement that he was interrogated by a German-speaking captor while on the plane to Afghanistan seems to be credible, the speaker was not necessarily a German agent or official.
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