26.03.2012 - State officials from Poland will not be present at a European Parliament hearing this week concerning the alleged existence of illegal CIA prisons in Europe.
The hearing, which begins on Tuesday in Brussels, is being conducted by the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE).
The committee is attempting to clarify whether the CIA held suspected terrorists at so called 'black sites' in Poland, Romania and Lithuania in the early years of the US's 'War on Terrorism'.
A military base in Stare Kiejkuty, near Szczytno, north eastern Poland, was allegedly used as one of the so-called “black sites” between December 2002 and September 2003.
LIBE reportedly offered the Polish government the opportunity to send representatives to the hearing, but Warsaw did not take up the offer.
Romania will also not be represented in Brussels.
Prime Minister Donald Tusk set up an investigation led by Poland's Attorney General when he first came to office in 2007, “to finally get to the bottom of the question of the existence of CIA prisons in Poland.”
But Attorney General Andrzej Seremet will not be taking part in the debate at the European Parliament this week. read more>>>