Lithuania Compensates Guantanamo “Forever Prisoner” More Than $110,000

Lithuania has compensated more than $110,000 to Abu Zubaydah, the Guantánamo detainee known as the “forever prisoner” for allowing the CIA to detain and torture him at a local black site.

Zubaydah, a Saudi Arabia-born Palestinian, was accused of being one of the organizers of the September 11 attacks in the US. and has been detained for more than 20 years after his capture in Pakistan.

The ECHR ordered Lithuania to pay a total of 130,000 euros, to Zubaydah after winning a case three years ago. 

According to the Lithuanian Justice Ministry, 100,000 euros($113,500)  were transferred to the account specified by Zubaydah, and another 30,000 euros were wired to his lawyer.

“On January 4, we received confirmation that the money had been received, and on the same day, we informed the Council of Europe’s committee, which supervises the execution of judgments, of the payment of the compensation,” said the ministry.

Aside from  Lithuania,  Zubaydah was also reportedly tortured at a CIA black site in Thailand. in 2002. 


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