VILNIUS, Lithuania -- Lithuanian prosecutors say they have opened an investigation into allegations that a Saudi captive at Guantánamo Bay, Mustafa al-Hawsawi, was held at a secret CIA detention site in the Baltic country.
The prosecutors’ decision Thursday follows a Jan. 29 Vilnius court ruling overturning a previous decision not to investigate the possible illegal transportation of people across the state border. Investigators closed a similar case in 2011, citing lack of evidence.
Human rights watchdog Redress says it was highly likely that Hawsawi was secretly held in Lithuania sometime between March 2004 and September 2006.
He is currently detained at the U.S. Navy base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, where he is one of five men accused as co-conspirators in the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, and facing a death-penalty war crimes trial.