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In 2003, Khaled El-Masri was abducted by the CIA, flown to Afghanistan and tortured as part of the US renditions program. On Dec 13th last the European Court of Human Rights finally awarded him compensation for his suffering. It also held that the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia was responsible for the unlawful detention, enforced disappearance, torture and other ill-treatment of Mr. El-Masri.
The plane used by the CIA to transfer Khaled El-Masri, registration N313P, landed at Shannon Airport on 17 January 2004, on its way to pick him up in the Macedonian capital, Skopje. This is one of the clearest documented cases to date of Shannon’s involvement in torture.