CIA used Romanian jails for torture
Published 09/12/2011 | 05:00
The CIA used a government building in Romania as a secret prison for terrorist detainees including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the September 11 attacks, according to former US officials.
The office in northern Bucharest is located near a railway line in a semi-residential area. and was judged ideal for housing al-Qaeda suspects and submitting them to "enhanced interrogation techniques".
Former CIA officials said prisoners were kept in prefabricated cells which were on springs, keeping them slightly off balance, causing disorientation.
During the first month, the detainees endured sleep deprivation and were doused with water, slapped or forced to stand in painful positions, several former officials said.
The jail was part of a network of "black sites" operated by the CIA. All were closed by May 2006 and prisoners were moved to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (© Daily Telegraph, London)