BRUSSELS, June 12 (KUNA) -- The human rights oranisation Amnesty
International Wednesday pressed Poland and the European Union to ensure that
the country urgently investigates long-standing accusations that it hosted a
CIA-run secret prison where suspects were tortured between 2002 and 2005.
This call coincides with the launch of a new Amnesty International report
titled "Unlock the truth, Poland's invovement in CIA secret detention".
"Although the Polish investigation is shrouded in secrecy, a lot of
information is already in the public domain. Many say it's more than enough to
indict former officials and intelligence officers," said Nicolas Beger,
Director of Amnesty International's EU Office in Brussels.
"The EU must turn up the heat on Poland and any other EU countries
implicated in the CIA-led secret detention and rendition programmes," he said
in a statement.
Poland has been under the spotlight since 2005, and has long been accused
of hosting a CIA-operated secret detention facility where suspects were held
and tortured between 2002 and 2005.
In March 2008, the Polish authorities opened a criminal investigation which
has suffered repeated delays, with "national security" being used to justify
the secrecy shrouding the investigation, noted Amnesty.
The report says that during the investigations, two men, Abdulrahim
al-Nashiri and Zayb al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn (Abu Zubaydah) were granted
The report also refers to a third man, Walid bin Attash, who was allegedly
held in a secret detention site in Poland in 2003. All three are currently
detained in Guant?namo prison. (end)
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