Poland Will Obey EU Court, Compensate Black Site Detainees

Will Pay $262,000 to Abu Zubaydah, Abdul Rahim Nashiri

Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schtyna has confirmed that his government will abide by the ruling of the EU Court of Human Rights, which ordered them to financially compensate a pair of detainees held at a CIA black site in the country.

“We have to do it,” Schetnya said, following the court rejecting a Tuesday appeal to the ruling. They will be paying $262,000 in compensation to the two detainees covered in the case, Abu Zubaydah and Abdul Rahim Nashiri.

Zubaydah and Nashiri are both held at Guantanamo Bay pending charges before the military courts there. The two were both tortured by the CIA during their detention in Poland.

The court ruled back in July that the Polish government had violated international law by allowing torture on its soil, and that they were complicit in “inhuman and degrading treatment” at the site.

Poland has been probing the involvement of previous governments in the black site, and prosecutors have been building a case against former officials involved, planning charges against the former Interior Minister and likely others.

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