Europe Rights Court to Hear of Secret CIA Prisons

Tuesday, 03 Dec 2013 07:48 AM

 

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STRASBOURG, France — The secret network of black-site prisons across Europe that the CIA used to interrogate terror suspects is getting a rare public hearing at Europe's human rights court.

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Lawyers for two terror suspects now imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay accuse Poland of various human rights abuses in connection with its role in what they say is their torture at a remote Polish prison.

Tuesday's hearing marks the first time Europe's role in the CIA's "extraordinary rendition" of terror suspects reaches Europe's human rights court.

One case concerns 48-year-old Saudi national Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who faces U.S. terror charges for allegedly orchestrating the al-Qaida attack on the USS Cole in 2000 that killed 17 sailors.

The second case involves 42-year-old Abu Zubaydah, a Palestinian terror suspect.

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