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Gitmo suspects may be questioned on alleged CIA secret prison in Poland

11 February 2014, 22:28

Polish prosecutors are pondering whether to make an official request to the US to gain access to terror suspects currently held at Guantanamo Bay in order to carry out a direct questioning on whether a secret CIA prison operated in Poland in 2002-2003, an official has said on Thursday. The investigation was launched in 2008. So far Poland has seen little help from Washington which has already refused to assist Warsaw in collecting evidence.

'We will use every emerging opportunity that would allow us to question ... all people who have information on the case,' prosecutors' spokesman Piotr Kosmaty said.

'It would be good if the prosecutor went there,' he added.

After having visited Poland, US lawyers for a Yemeni suspect, Walid bin Attash, suggested that investigators should go to Guantanamo Bay and speak in person with Attash and two other suspects claiming they were held at a CIA prison in Poland.

Attash was given victim status in the Polish probe, as were Saudi national Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, facing terror charges in the US for allegedly planning the al-Qaeda attack on the USS Cole in 2000, and Abu Zubaydah, a Palestinian who has not been charged with any crime. Victim status means that the suspects' attorneys can access documents related to the investigation.

Former CIA officials claim that a prison in Poland operated from December 2002 until the fall of 2003. About eight terror suspects are believed to have been held there, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Abu Zubaydah and al-Nashiri filed a complaint to Europe's human rights court accusing Poland of human rights abuses in connection with the alleged torturing in a remote Polish prison. The ruling by the human rights court is expected to be brought in later.

Then-Polish government officials deny that such a cite ever existed in the country, but prosecutors have already presented charges to former intelligence agency chief, Zbigniew Siemiatkowski, who was reported to have heard them which means he has been formally notified that he is a suspect.

Voice of Russia, AP

Source: http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_02_11/ Gitmo-suspects-may-be-questioned-on-alleged- CIA-secret-prison-in-Poland-3902/

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