Court Demands Secret Files On US ‘Black Jailsâ
July 23rd, 2012
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The United States is facing fresh embarrassment over its use of ‘black’ detention sites after the European Court of Human Rights ordered Poland to hand over secret documents about its role in the War on Terror, The Daily Telegraph has learned.
Â Judges in Strasbourg have requested documents that contain details of how the CIA set up its “extraordinary rendition” centre outside Warsaw in 2002 where it subjected al-Qaeda suspects to water-boarding and other extreme interrogation techniques.
A month ago, a Polish whistle-blower alleged that a document existed which allowed the setting up of the prison â including procedures to adopt in the event of an inmate’s death. It was said to have been signed by the head of Polish intelligence.
According to the leak, American officials “laughed” and refused to sign the document. “They considered us amateurs and explained that this kind of business could not be dealt with by means of formal agreements,” the Polish newspaperÂ Gazeta WyborczaÂ reported.
Polish officials have refused to confirm or deny the existence of the agreement, citing official secrets laws, as part of a four-year investigation into the jail.
However, in a decision hailed by civil rights lawyers, the court has asked the Polish government to confirm the existence of the agreement and “if that document exists … to supply a copy.” Both Poland and the US have fought to keep operational details of the camp secret. Under European law Poland has until Sept 5 to comply with the court’s request for information, a copy of which has been seen by this newspaper.
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