Strasbourg, May 31 (AFP) The European Court of Human Rights ruled today that Lithuania and Romania were complicit in a CIA programme to hold terror suspects at secret detention sites on their territories. Also Read - World Population Day 2020: Faced With Depopulation, These Are the 5 Fastest-Shrinking Countries in the World

Two suspects now being held at the US prison in Guantanamo lodged the case with the court in 2011 and 2012, saying they were illegally held at the CIA “black sites” from 2004 to 2006. Also Read - Trending News Today March 05, 2020: Lithuanian Man Locks Wife in the Bathroom Fearing That She Has Coronavirus, She Didn't

In Romania, the court found authorities knew that Saudi national Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri would risk torture and the death penalty when it allowed the CIA to detain him at a facility from April 2004 to November 2005. Also Read - Google to Offer Payment Services Across European Union; Gets E-money License

Nashiri is accused of orchestrating a2002 attack on the MV Limburg, a French oil tanker, and the 2000 attack against the USS Cole in Yemen that left 17 dead.

Lithuania was found complicit in hosting a secret CIA prison from February 2005 to March 2006 when it illegally held a top Palestinian Qaeda operative, Abu Zubaydah.

A 2014 US Senate report found that both Zubaydah and Nashiri were subject to “enhanced interrogation techniques” in CIA detention, including waterboarding.

The court found that in both cases, the suspects were effectively within their national jurisdictions and therefore Lithuania and Romania were “responsible for the violation” of their rights under the European Convention on Human Rights.

The convention explicitly forbids torture and the death penalty.

In the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks the CIA took suspected Al Qaeda detainees to several “black sites” around the world to escape US limits on interrogations, a programme that has since been judged illegal.

The court also ordered Lithuania and Romania to pay 100,000 euros ($117,000) to each man.(AFP) AMS

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