Macedonia denies involvement in alleged CIA abduction
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.