Lawyer to 'file suit against CIA' over abduction

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6 December 2005, AUGSBURG, GERMANY - The lawyer representing a German national who was mistaken for a terrorist, kidnapped and held for 5 months in a brutal jail in Afghanistan, says he will file suit on Wednesday in Washington against the CIA, a report said.

6 December 2005

AUGSBURG, GERMANY - The lawyer representing a German national who was mistaken for a terrorist, kidnapped and held for 5 months in a brutal jail in Afghanistan, says he will file suit on Wednesday in Washington against the CIA, a report said.

The newspaper Augsburger Allgemeine was to appear Wednesday with the story about the suit. It quoted lawyer Manfred Gnjicic, who is representing Khaled el-Masri, as saying several CIA employees would be named in the damages suit.

El-Masri, who was born in Lebanon, has a German passport.

The lawyer, based in the city of Neu-Ulm, said it was time to rule officially that his client had been kidnapped. The Central Intelligence Agency must also make a genuine apology to his client for a total six months of suffering, he told the newspaper.

The report was released to other media in advance of publication.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel referred to the El-Masri case on Tuesday, saying that the United States had made a mistake.

DPA

Subject: German news

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