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German Lawmakers Question Ministers about CIA Abduction


14 December 2005

German lawmakers questioned Wednesday government ministers about the CIA abduction of a German citizen who was suspected of being a terrorist.

Lawmakers discussed the case behind closed doors with the Justice, Interior, and Foreign ministers, seeking to determine what the government knew about the incident. The ministers have denied a German role in the abduction.

Khaled al-Masri says CIA agents kidnapped him in Macedonia in December of 2003 and took him to Afghanistan for questioning. He says he was tortured there during his five month detention and is suing the CIA.

The CIA is under fire in Europe over reports that it secretly flew terror suspects across the continent, and operated secret prisons in Eastern Europe to house and question the suspects.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters, AFP, AP.



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