The CIA imprisoned Khaled el-Masri for three weeks in Macedonia and four weeks in Afghanistan during 2004. They then released him back into Germany after admitting he had been wrongly detained.
The European court described the CIA's treatment as torture – the first time they've applied that term to the agency's activities. The ruling found Macedonia guilty of violating el-Masri's human rights for allowing him to be detained and tortured in their jurisdiction, and ordered the nation to pay him $80,000 compensation.
The UN's "special rapporteur" on human rights and counter-terrorism has called on the US government to apologize and voluntarily pay compensation to Mr. el-Masri.