Poland Investigating Claims of CIA Secret Prison

Human Rights

A spokesman for Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk announced Friday that the Polish government is investigating claims that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operated a secret prison in Poland. The prison was reportedly part of the CIA's extraordinary rendition program, under which terrorism suspects were seized and flown to secret locations outside the U.S. for interrogation and imprisonment. Prosecutors have reportedly obtained a memo written by Polish intelligence officials in either 2005 or 2006 that confirms the prison's existence. Reuters has more.

Poland and Romania have been accused of hosting secret prisons for the extraordinary rendition program. Allegations against the two countries came in a June 2007 report to the Council of Europe by Swiss Senator Dick Marty. The report concluded that numerous European governments had cooperated with the CIA program. In February 2007, the European Parliament condemned more than a dozen European states for their roles in the program. Several nations have been accused of obstructing European probes into the secret prison allegations, including Poland, which allegedly housed the largest CIA detention facility in Europe. President Bush acknowledged the existence of the secret facilities in September 2006 but provided no details on their location or operation.

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