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CIA held 2 suspects at Poland jail

Published Jul 25, 2014, 11:24 am IST
Updated Mar 31, 2019, 5:02 pm IST
Poland has always denied that the CIA had a jail on its territory
Picture for representational purpose  (Photo: AFP/File)
 Picture for representational purpose (Photo: AFP/File)

Warsaw: The CIA ran a secret jail on Polish soil, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday, piling pressure on Poland, one of Washington’s closest allies, to break its long silence about the global programme for detaining Al Qaeda suspects.

The court said it had been established that the CIA used a facility in a northern Polish forest, code named “Quartz”, as a hub in its network for interrogating suspected Al Qaeda operatives rounded up after September 11, 2001.


Poland has always denied that the CIA had a jail on its territory.

Amrit Singh, a lawyer with the Open Society Justice Initiative who acted for one of the men who brought the case, said both Poland and the US would have to take note of what the “historic ruling.” “It’s time for them to own up,” she said.