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US refuses cooperation with Poland's CIA 'black site' probe

28.12.2010 13:40

The U.S. Department of Justice has rejected a request from prosecutors in
Warsaw for assistance in the investigation into the alleged CIA prisons in
Poland, where captives claim they were tortured.
On 18 March, the Prosecutor's Office of Appeal in Warsaw filed a motion for
legal assistance from the US Department of Justice into the probe.

On 7 October, reports the PAP news agency, the US informed prosecutors that
the motion had been rejected on the basis of the international Agreement on
Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters and that the U.S. authorities
consider the matter "to be closed".

According to the agreement, a country has the right to refuse to provide
legal assistance if the execution of the request would encroach on this
country's security or another interest of this country.

The revelation that the US will not be cooperating with the investigation
into the alleged black site, thought to have been in northern Poland near
the Szymany air base, comes after a second man followed al-Qaeda suspect Abd
al-Rahim al-Nashiri in asking prosecutors in Warsaw to look into his case.

"According to the information we have, Abu Zubaydah was one of those people
detained and interrogated by the CIA somewhere on the territory of Poland,"
Polish lawyer Bartlomiej Jankowski told journalists in the Polish capital
earlier this month.

Both Zubaydah and Nashiri are both currently being held at the U.S. military
jail at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

Despite denials from former president Aleksander Kwasniewski and former
prime minister Leszek Miller that they knew of the CIA activity in Poland,
air traffic control in Warsaw published a report stating that at least six
CIA flights had landed at a disused military air base in northern Poland in

Two aircraft, a Boeing 737 and a Gulfstream V, were U.S.-registered and
previously known to be part of CIA operations.




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Personalize it 30.Dec.2010 15:31

Impeach Obama

If you would have said, "Bush refuses cooperation with Poland's CIA 'black site' probe", then you should say, "Obama refuses...". Unless you're a hypocrite.

AGREED 31.Dec.2010 08:13

Den Mark, Vancouver

I thought the same thing. And saying "obama refused" & "bush refused" is redundant. No change in foreign policy from republicans to democrats. No change at all. In 2012 all progressives should work for & vote for Greens. Or socialists. Or anybody other than the two main bloated drooling parties.