Monday, July 17, 2006

U.S. balks in kidnap probe, official says


Germany said Sunday that the United States has refused to help investigate the alleged 2003 abduction of a German citizen, a case that has ignited criticism of U.S. tactics against international terrorism.

Khaled al-Masri, who was born in Lebanon, alleges he was seized in Macedonia in December 2003 and flown by CIA operatives to a detention center in Afghanistan. He says he was questioned and abused during five months in custody before he was dumped in Albania.

Prosecutors in Munich have opened an investigation, and Berlin asked Washington for assistance with it.

The U.S. Justice Department declined to help because of a lawsuit filed by al-Masri against the Central Intelligence Agency, a German Justice Ministry spokeswoman said Sunday.

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