September 06, 2012 - WARSAW: Poland has given information to European judges investigating allegations that the United States held al-Qaeda suspects in secret jails on Polish soil, the government said on Wednesday, potentially easing official secrecy surrounding the practice.
Rights activists say that after the September 11, 2001 attacks on US cities, the CIA used “black sites” in friendly countries, including Poland to interrogate and sometimes torture suspected militants beyond the reach of normal legal protections. But the programme’s existence has never been officially acknowledged.
The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg had given the Polish government a deadline of September 5 to supply answers to a series of questions about whether the CIA operated secret jails in Poland and how much Polish officials knew about it.
The Polish foreign ministry’s press office said in a statement sent to Reuters that it had “submitted its observation” to the court on the case of Abd al-Rahimal-Nashiri, a Saudi national who has complained to the court that he was held illegally in a CIA jail in Poland.
The statement said the Polish government had also asked the court to limit public access to the documents it submitted, saying that if they were made public it could harm a parallel judicial investigation under way in Poland. read more>>>