European Court Finds Romania Hosted CIA Secret Prison

05.06.18 | |

The European Court of Human Rights issued a unanimous decision on May 31, 2018, in Strasbourg, finding that Romania hosted a secret CIA prison between September 2003 and November 2005. The decision involved Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi citizen. One of the lawyers involved was DoughtyStreet Chambers Associate Tenant, Nancy Hollander. Ms. Hollander has represented Mr. Al-Nashiri since 2008. She currently represents him in other proceedings as well.


The court found that Mr. Al-Nashiri was subjected to unlawful treatment while he was imprisoned in Romania, including solitary confinement; no contact with family or lawyers; continuous loud noise; continuous bright light; and the use of leg shackles.


Mr. Al-Nashiri is currently facing the death penalty before a U.S. military commission at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, charged with crimes relating to the October 2000 attack on the USS Cole in Aden, Yemen. Recently his military commission proceedings were suspended after a long series of government interference with the defense, most recently the discovery of a hidden microphone in the room where counsel regularly met him.            

The ruling for Mr. Al-Nashiri marks the second ECtHR case in his favor. In 2014, the court ruled against Poland, over Poland’s role in his rendition, secret detention and torture. The court awarded Mr. Al-Nashiri 100,000 euros for each case. Ms. Hollander represented Mr. Al-Nashiri in that case as well, along with Associate Tenant, MIKOŁAJ Pietrzak. The Open Society Justice Initiative was lead in both cases. 



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