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Macedonia denies involvement in alleged CIA abduction

TIRANA, April 28 (Xinhua) -- A top Macedonian official on Friday denied any involvement of his country in the alleged CIA abduction and transfer of a German youth to Afghanistan, news reaching here from Skopje reported. "I can assure you that the Macedonian secret services didn't take part in any of such activities," Ljubomir Mihahlovski, the Macedonian Interior Minister, told a visiting team of the European Parliament.

He said it was just speculation that the German youth left Macedonia by plane. According to Lebanese-born Khled el-Masri, he was detained in Macedonia on December 31, 2003, and held and interrogated by armed Macedonian police for 23 days in a Skopje hotel. From there, he claims he was flown by the CIA agents to Afghanistan and kept there for several months as a terrorist suspect before being ferried and released in Albania. Officials told the visiting team that, according to record, el-Masri did stay in Macedonia for 23 days, but they did not know what happened to him during that time and considered him to be an ordinary tourist.

Further more, the interior minister said that the German youth left Macedonia at the Kosovo border crossing "Blace", not flown away from Skopje as he claimed. He told the visiting team that e-Masri left Macedonia by land and he has a stamp in his passport to prove that.

  1. Blogger Cvijus011 | 9:25 AM |  

    One thing that concernes me is how come a Lebanese with a German passport went for tourism to Macedonia, on the region that is more or less turbulent due to the albanian terrorism and on the border with Kosovo?

    Not that I'm justifying CIA, but I don't think that tourism was the main thing this guy was doing in Macedonia.

  2. Anonymous Anonymous | 1:48 PM |  

    I don't know any nation with the name of "Macedonia", unless you mean Vardaska.

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