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Title: PARLIAMENT VOTES TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGED CIA PRISON

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09VILNIUS5922009-11-06 15:46:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Vilnius
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SUBJECT: PARLIAMENT VOTES TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGED CIA PRISON 
IN LITHUANIA 
 
REF: VILNIUS 487 
 
¶1.  SUMMARY:  Members of all parties in the Lithuanian Seimas 
(parliament) on November 5 voted to authorize their National 
Security and Defense Committee to investigate whether the CIA 
operated a secret prison in Lithuania and, if so, whether GOL 
institutions or officials were involved.  The resolution 
approving the investigation received 67 votes in favor, two 
against and nine abstentions.  An earlier inconclusive 
investigation by the same committee had been criticized as 
pro forma, and committee members said they needed this 
parliamentary mandate to compel witnesses to cooperate.  End 
summary. 
 
¶2.  The Lithuanian Seimas on November 5 voted lopsidedly in 
favor of authorizing its National Security and Defense 
Committee to investigate allegations that the CIA operated a 
secret prison for suspected terrorists.  Of the 78 members 
voting, 67 voted in favor of the investigation.  Here is an 
unofficial Embassy Vilnius translation of the resolution: 
 
Article 1 
 
To authorize the Seimas National Security and Defense 
Committee (hereinafter -- the Committee) to undertake a 
parliamentary investigation on the possible transportation 
and imprisonment in the territory of the Republic of 
Lithuania of persons detained by the Central Intelligence 
Agency of the United States of America. 
 
Article 2 
 
To authorize the Committee to answer the following questions: 
¶1. whether persons detained by the CIA were transported to 
and jailed in the territory of the Republic of Lithuania; 
¶2. whether Lithuanian state institutions (politicians, 
officials, civil servants) took any part in considering 
issues concerning the operations of secret CIA centers in 
Lithuania or transportation and jailing of the detained 
persons in the territory of the Republic of Lithuania; 
¶3. whether secret CIA detention centers operated in the 
territory of the Republic of Lithuania. 
 
Article 3 
 
To authorize the Committee to present to the Seimas 
conclusions of the investigation by December 22, 2009. 
 
¶3.  Committee chairman Arvydas Anusauskas announced that the 
panel planned to interview all relevant officials who worked 
in government, national security and defense or other posts 
during the period in question, 2004 to 2005. Committee member 
Gediminas Kirkilas -- who became defense minister in 
December 2004 and prime minister in summer 2005 and is on the 
list of witnesses to be questioned -- said he thought the 
investigation could harm Lithuanian security as well as 
relations with the United States.  Kirkilas did not vote on 
the resolution. 
 
¶4.  Loreta Grauziniene, deputy chairwoman of the Labor Party, 
voted against the resolution, saying the most important thing 
is that any prison no longer exists in Lithuania, whether it 
did in the past or not.  She said an investigation could 
expose Lithuania and its troops serving in Afghanistan to 
increased danger from terrorists.  Both votes against the 
resolution came from Labor Party members, though two other 
members voted for it and four abstained. 
 
¶5.  The director of the State Security Department, Povilas 
Malakauskas, told journalists he would not comment publicly 
on the matter, but said, "Nevertheless, members of the 
committee or investigators will be provided with all the 
information they need for the probe." 
 
¶6.  The committee had earlier conducted an investigation into 
the existence of the alleged prison, without reaching a 
conclusive result.  Critics said that probe was pro forma and 
not intended to find the truth, but committee members said 
they did not receive cooperation from witnesses, and needed 
the mandate this resolution provides in order to conduct a 
thorough investigation. 
 
¶7.  The Seimas currently has 139 members, and many were not 
present for the vote.  Support came from nearly every 
political faction in the Seimas, and the abstentions also 
were distributed among parties across the political spectrum. 
DERSE