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2006-07-25 12:26:40

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union said on Tuesday it has appealed the dismissal of a federal lawsuit filed by a German of Lebanese origin who says he was abducted and tortured by the CIA. The ACLU, which represents Khaled el-Masri in the suit against former CIA Director George Tenet and CIA agents, asked the federal appellate court in Richmond, Virginia, to overturn a May 18 ruling by U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis tossing out Masri's case as a risk to...

2006-06-30 20:02:37

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Friday authorized a reward of up to $5 million to anyone providing information leading to Abu Ayyub al-Masri, a senior al Qaeda leader in Iraq. The Egyptian-born Masri is believed to be the successor to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the al Qaeda leader in Iraq who was killed in a U.S. bombing raid earlier in June. The U.S. bounty for Zarqawi was $25 million. Masri trained in Afghanistan and formed al Qaeda's first cell in...

2006-06-22 11:02:37

By Mark Trevelyan, Security Correspondent BERLIN (Reuters) - New evidence emerged on Thursday that German authorities may have known in early 2004 of the disappearance of Khaled el-Masri, a German citizen who says he was kidnapped and tortured by the CIA. Wolf-Dietrich Mengel, a telecoms manager who was working in Macedonia at the time, said he telephoned the German embassy there in January 2004 to say he had heard of the arrest of a German citizen in the Balkan country. "I phoned...

2006-06-01 06:48:44

By Mark Trevelyan, Security Correspondent BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's foreign spy agency admitted on Thursday that one of its staff knew, but failed to report, that a German citizen had been arrested abroad and handed to the United States as a terrorist suspect. The Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) said the employee was told in Macedonia in January 2004 that authorities there had arrested the man, Khaled el-Masri, and handed him to the Americans. The admission marked a startling new...

2006-06-01 05:51:01

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's spy agency admitted on Thursday that one of its staff knew, but had failed to report, a German citizen had been arrested abroad and handed over to the United States as a terrorist suspect. The Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) said the employee was told in Macedonia in January 2004 that authorities there had arrested the man, Khaled el-Masri, and handed him to the United States. The German government has previously said it learned only in May 2004 about the...

2006-05-19 07:03:05

By Mark Trevelyan, Security Correspondent BERLIN (Reuters) - A German man who says he was abducted and tortured by the CIA will consider taking his case to a higher court after a U.S. district judge dismissed it on national security grounds, his lawyer said on Friday. Judge T.S. Ellis, in a ruling on Thursday, agreed with U.S. government arguments that moving forward with Khaled el-Masri's case would risk national security by exposing state secrets about CIA activities vital to the...

2006-05-18 16:47:28

By Deborah Charles WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge dismissed on Thursday a lawsuit against former CIA Director George Tenet and several CIA employees by a German of Lebanese origin who says he was abducted and tortured by the American spy agency. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis agreed with government arguments that moving forward with Khaled el-Masri's case would risk national security by exposing state secrets about CIA activities vital to the U.S. war on terrorism. "While...

2006-04-29 13:56:12

By Kole Casule SKOPJE (Reuters) - European Union investigators, probing the alleged CIA abduction of a Kuwaiti-born German, on Saturday visited a hotel where he stayed in Macedonia in 2004. "Why was he here for 23 days? And was he here voluntarily, or detained?" asked Claudio Fava, who heads the committee in the European parliament investigating allegations of secret prisoner transfers and illegal detentions by the CIA in Europe. Human rights groups cite the case of Khaled el-Masri...

2006-04-29 08:06:21

By Kole Casule SKOPJE (Reuters) - European Union investigators, probing the alleged CIA abduction of a Kuwaiti-born German, on Saturday visited a hotel where he stayed in Macedonia in 2004. "Why was he here for 23 days? And was he here voluntarily, or detained?" asked Claudio Fava, who heads the committee in the European parliament investigating allegations of secret prisoner transfers and illegal detentions by the CIA in Europe. Human rights groups cite the case of Khaled el-Masri...

2006-04-28 14:54:08

By Kole Casule SKOPJE (Reuters) - EU lawmakers probing the alleged CIA abduction of a German man said on Friday they had found no "hard evidence" he had been detained in Macedonia, but could not say for sure that this had not happened. European Parliament investigative team probing the case of Kuwaiti-born Khaled el-Masri received confirmation for the first time that he had stayed at a hotel in the Macedonian capital Skopje for the first 23 days of 2004 "So we have an additional...


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