Polish prosecutors: US is obstructing CIA prison probe

AP News
Posted: Jun 13, 2015 8:48 AM

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The U.S. is hampering Poland's investigation into the secret CIA prison by snubbing repeated requests for vital documents, including the Senate report detailing CIA prison locations and practices, a Polish prosecutor said Saturday.

Published in December, the summary of the report was redacted and did not mention Poland by name, but other facts in it pointed to the country and a secret CIA prison there from 2002-2003, where terror suspects were submitted to harsh treatment.

Piotr Kosmaty, spokesman for the Appeals Prosecutor's Office in Krakow, said Saturday that Poland immediately asked the U.S. justice authorities for a full version of the document, but has had no response. Previous requests for documents and questioning of the alleged victims — now held in Guantanamo — were ignored. At one point the U.S. authorities said that providing materials would be against the U.S. national interests, he said.

"This is undoubtedly hampering the investigation," Kosmaty told The Associated Press.

One former Polish official has been charged in the investigation, underway since 2008.

The European Court of Human Rights last year ordered Poland to pay compensation to two terror suspects who say they were tortured at a CIA secret prison in the country. Poland said it would abide by the ruling.

The U.S. report prompted Polish leaders of the time, Aleksander Kwasniewski and Leszek Miller, to admit — after years of denials — that they authorized a prison, but not torture.