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The CIA had two secret prisons in Lithuania that could have been used to hold al-Qaeda suspects, according to a top parliamentary commission in Vilnius.

Already, three senior Lithuanian security officials have been implicated in the clandestine CIA project, and the head of the domestic intelligence agency resigned last week.

Now the Lithuanian parliament’s National Security and Defence Committee has published its findings.

Committee chairman Arvydas Anusauskas said: “Facilities – they were there. Possibilities to breach the Lithuanian border – they were there. Aircraft connected to the CIA – they were there.” But he added that there was no political approval for the centres.

Anusauskas said CIA flights had entered Lithuania between 2003 and 2006, but it had been impossible to establish if any prisoners were on board.

The previous Lithuanian president said he had no inkling of the prisons, which some CIA staff are reported to have said were designed to side-step US law.