Poland reviewing secret CIA prisons

Nov. 1, 2013 at 9:25 AM

GENEVA, Switzerland, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- An independent investigation is under way in Poland to examine allegations of secret CIA prisons in the country, a Polish justice minister said.

Polish Deputy Justice Minister Wojciech Wegrzyn addressed the U.N. Committee against Torture during its periodic review of his country. He said the Polish government was cooperating with its European counterparts regarding allegations of secret CIA prisons in its territory.

Last month, members of the European Parliament voted in favor of a resolution calling for an investigation into CIA operations in the European Union. The resolution singled out Lithuania, Poland, the United Kingdom, Italy and nine other countries for their alleged role in the secret CIA activity in the region.

Wegrzyn said Thursday the Polish government signed international treaties regarding enforced disappearances earlier this year. The government, he said, was engaging with members of civil society in regards to an independent investigation of the CIA allegations.

Amnesty International had blasted the European Union for not acting against member states over alleged roles in the secret rendition and detention program spearheaded by the CIA.

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