EU Human Rights Court to Hear New Case on CIA Prison in Poland

Saudi Sues Over Torture at CIA 'Black Site'

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has agreed to a second lawsuit against Poland over the CIA “black site” on the campus of an intelligence academy, with both cases involving tortured Saudi detainees.

This lawsuit comes from Abu Zubaydah, a heavily tortured Gitmo detainee who was considered a “high value” detainee at the time but has backed off of most allegations against him. Zubaydah remains held, and has never been charged.

The Polish government has been probing information about the black site for years, and after the previous government issued repeated blanket denials has at least come to terms with the fact that the site existed, though their own legal system seems more or less permanently stalled on the matter.

Zubaydah’s case will be heard alongside Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who was similarly tortured in Poland and sentenced to death in absentia in Yemen for the USS Cole bombing. He is also being held at Guantanamo Bay on the basis of confessions he made while being waterboarded.

Author: Jason Ditz

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