U.S. denies help with Polish probe into secret CIA prisons

09:32, December 29, 2010      

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The United States has refused to cooperate with Poland in an investigation into alleged secret CIA prisons in Poland, Polish news agency PAP reported on Tuesday.

A few days ago, terror suspect Abu Zubaydah, a Palestinian born in Saudi Arabia, asked Polish prosecutors to open an investigation into allegations that he was tortured at a secret CIA prison in Poland.

Lawyers for Abu Zubaydah filed two separate motions that asked prosecutors in Warsaw to consider Zubaydah a victim in the probe and conduct a separate investigation into what happened to Zubaydah in Poland.

The U.S. Department of Justice had denied a request by Warsaw prosecutors for legal assistance in October 2009, according to the PAP report.

Polish prosecutors have been examining the existence of alleged CIA prisons in Poland since August 2008. The government has repeatedly denied their existence in Poland.

In 2007, the Council of Europe published a report saying that from 2003 to 2005 the CIA had operated secret prisons in Poland and Romania where terror suspects were kept.

Source: Xinhua

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