CIA Black Site in Poland

CIA Crime

CIA Crime

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Poland violated the European Convention on Human Rights by allowing the CIA to detain and torture terrorism suspects on Polish territory. The verdict was unanimous. Two applicants claim that between 2002 and 2003, they were imprisoned at a so-called “black site” in Stare Kiejkuty, northeastern Poland. Both men are currently indefinitely detained at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. The Court has ordered Poland to pay €100,000 in compensation to Al-Nashiri, allegedly responsible for orchestrating the bombing of the American military vessel USS Cole in 2000, and another €130,000 to Abu Zubaydah, supposedly one of the top members of Al-Qaeda. While the Court stressed the fact that the CIA was solely responsible for interrogations and tortures conducted in Stare Kiejkuty, it faulted Poland for cooperating  with the American agency and allowing it to use a Polish intelligence training facility. According to the Court, Polish authorities, bound by the European Convention on Human Rights to prevent torture and inhumane treatment, had in fact permitted it. What is more, Poland failed to effectively investigate the matter and subsequently refused to submit the requested evidence to the Court.

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