The European Court of Human Rights
Global Post: The European Court of Human Rights made history Thursday by ruling in favor of a Lebanese national who said he was tortured by a CIA rendition team partnered with Macedonia. The decision marked a legal triumph for opponents of the controversial US program that became a well-known part of the so-called “war on terror.”
Khaled El-Masri, a German resident, was subjected to “torture and ill-treatment both in the country itself [Macedonia] and after his transfer to the US authorities [in Afghanistan] in the context of an extra-judicial rendition,” the court said, according to Der Spiegel.
The Guardian claimed the ruling marks “the first time the court has described CIA treatment meted out to terror suspects as torture.”
El-Masri was apprehended during a 2003 trip to Macedonia and detained over suspicions of terrorist activity, allegations Der Spiegel said are widely believed to have stemmed from a case of mistaken identity. El-Masri claimed he was mistreated and denied legal help while being detained in Macedonia, charges denied by the government.