'Mounting evidence' of CIA prisons in Poland

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14 December 2005, WARSAW - There is mounting evidence that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency kept prisoners detained and interrogated them in Poland, according to the German weekly Stern.

14 December 2005

WARSAW - There is mounting evidence that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency kept prisoners detained and interrogated them in Poland, according to the German weekly Stern.

In its edition to be published Thursday, the magazine reports that a closed off "inner zone" had been set up within the Polish military training centre at Stare Kiejkuty in northeastern Mazuria.

Not even the regular Polish secret service staff had access to this area, which was reserved for the U.S..

The report cited a high-ranking Polish secret service officer from Kiejkuty as saying that U.S. personnel had been stationed at the base for about five or six years, with staff remaining for several months each.

The 100-metre-long and 50-metre-wide inner zone was fenced off the remaining camp by barbed wire and a wall three metres high. The camp itself was about three kilometres long and 1.5 kilometres wide, the report said.

Both the human rights organization Human Rights Watch and Polish media have repeatedly referred to Stare Kiejkuty as the possible location of a secret CIA prison.

The village is remote but only 20 kilometres from the former military airport Szymany, where numerous landings of CIA-chartered planes were reported to have taken place since the end of 2002.

The airport staff was reportedly not allowed to get close to those machines. Instead cars with darkened windows and military registration plates were said to have approached the planes.

Such cars indicate a link to the military intelligence camp at Stare Kiejkuty, reports said.

The Polish government is due to complete a report into the alleged secret CIA prisons by next week, and a closed session of the secret service committee of the Polish parliament was planned for Thursday.

President Aleksander Kwasniewski and other high-ranking Polish politicians have repeatedly denied the existence of CIA prisons in Poland, but admitted a number of CIA flights to the country.

DPA

Subject: German news

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