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UN torture panel presses Poland for details on CIA secret prisons probe

[JURIST] The UN Committee Against Torture [official website] Monday urged Poland to disclose details [observations, DOC text] regarding a parliamentary investigation into the presence of secret CIA prisons [JURIST report] in the country on Monday, expressing concern that Poland [JURIST news archive] participated in running terrorist suspect prisons in the country. Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski [official profile] said that the government regarded the allegations as a "closed issue" when questioned about the committee's request for more information. The committee said that while it recognizes the government's refutation of Polish participation in the prisons, it needs more information from the confidential inquiry conducted by the Polish parliament.

In February, the European Parliament condemned member states [JURIST report] - including Poland - for cooperating with the CIA's rendition program. In December 2005 Human Rights Watch claimed that Poland was the location of the main secret CIA prison facility in Europe; then-Polish Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz ordered an investigation into the report which was later dropped [JURIST reports]. European Parliament lawmakers later accused Poland of obstructing their own investigation [JURIST report]. AP has more.

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