Report: 54 countries collaborated with CIA

NEW YORK, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- At least 54 foreign countries have aided the United States in its extraordinary rendition and secret detention programs, a report released Tuesday said.

Rendition allegations target CIA

STRASBOURG, France, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- The European Court of Human Rights says it is ready to deliver judgment in the case of a man who claims he was a victim of a "rendition" operation by the CIA.

Macedonia sued over alleged CIA abduction

BERLIN, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Lawyers for a German national have sued Macedonia, claiming that Khaled El Masri was handed over to the CIA and sent to a secret prison in Afghanistan.

Report: Germany won't chase CIA suspects

BERLIN, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Germany reportedly will not pursue extradition of 13 U.S. intelligence operatives who may have kidnapped a German terrorism suspect.

U.S. help sought in German rendition case

BERLIN, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Germany has officially asked the United States to assist in arresting 13 people in the alleged CIA-backed kidnapping of a German citizen.

ACLU protests al-Masri ruling

NEW YORK, March 6 (UPI) -- The American Civil Liberties Union has stated its concern over a U.S. appeals court verdict in an "extraordinary rendition" case.

Did Germany lead CIA to el-Masri?

BERLIN, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Germany may have given key hints that led to the CIA kidnapping of German extraordinary rendition victim Khaled el-Masri.

German TV report identifies CIA kidnappers

BERLIN, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- German TV journalists have identified three CIA agents involved in the kidnapping of Khaled el-Masri, a German-Lebanese extraordinary rendition victim.

German officials: CIA kidnapped el-Masri

BERLIN, June 22 (UPI) -- A German prosecutor testified before a parliamentary committee that he was convinced the alleged CIA kidnapping of Khaled el-Masri did occur.

Germany admits withholding arrest info

BERLIN, June 1 (UPI) -- The German foreign spy agency has admitted withholding information of a German man arrested abroad and handed to the United States as a suspected terrorist.

German spy knew about el-Masri kidnapping

BERLIN, June 1 (UPI) -- A German intelligence agent knew early on about the alleged CIA kidnapping of German Khaled el-Masri, the country's intelligence agency admitted Thursday.

Lawsuit dropped in terror suspect error

WASHINGTON, May 19 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Washington has dismissed a lawsuit by a man who claims to be an innocent victim of the U.S. terrorism suspect transfer program.

German govt. to deal with CIA scandal

BERLIN, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- The German government this week is due to deal with the case of a German national allegedly abducted by the CIA and detained in Afghanistan.

ACLU sues ex CIA chief over Masri case

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The American Civil Liberties Union sued former CIA director George Tenet Tuesday for ordering the abduction of a man in Germany for terror interrogation. Lebanese-born Khaled El-Masri, a 42-year-old German citizen, was kidnapped while on holiday in Macedo

Report: CIA 737 moved terror suspects

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The CIA has been using a Boeing 737 to interrogate terror suspects as part of a global "ghost" prison system, Newsweek reported Sunday.
Khaled el-Masri
Khaled El-Masri (L), a German citizen who says he was abducted, detained, and imprisoned in Afghanistan by the CIA, sits at a press conference next to his translator in Washington on November 29, 2006. El-Masri is suing former Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet for information and reasoning behind his imprisonment and an apology. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)

Khalid El-Masri (also Khaled El-Masri and Khaled Masri) (born June 29, 1963) is a German citizen who was kidnapped, flown to Afghanistan, interrogated and allegedly tortured by the CIA for several months as a part of the War on Terror. Afterwards he was released. This extrajudicial detention was apparently due to a misunderstanding that arose concerning the similarity of the spelling of El-Masri's name with the spelling of suspected terrorist al-Masri (the names are spelled the same way when using Arabic script).

El-Masri was born in Kuwait to Lebanese parents. He grew up in Lebanon. He based his application for asylum on his membership in "al-Tawhid". He was granted asylum, and in 1994 he obtained German citizenship through previous marriage with a German woman. In 1996, he married a fellow Lebanese and has several children.

El-Masri travelled from his home in Ulm to go on vacation in Skopje at the end of 2003. He was detained by Macedonian border officials on December 31, 2003, because his name was identical (except for variations in Roman transliteration) to that of Khalid al-Masri, an alleged mentor to the al-Qaeda Hamburg cell who has not been apprehended, and because of suspicion that his German passport was a forgery. He was held in a motel in the Republic of Macedonia for over three weeks and questioned about his activities, his associates, and the mosque he attended in Ulm.

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