Polish president rejects existence of CIA prisons in Poland

Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski reiterated Wednesday that his country has never hosted any CIA prison, again rejecting allegations that the U.S. set up secret jails in Poland. "There are no such prisons or such prisoners on Polish territory," Kwasniewski said on Radio Zet. In recent weeks, Kwasniewski has also denied that there ever have been secret CIA prisons in Poland, saying on Nov. 28 that "there never have been" such secret jails in the country.

The renewed denials come after ABC News reported Monday night that two secret CIA prisons in eastern Europe were closed last month and 11 al-Qaida suspects were transferred to a facility in North Africa.

The report, which ABC attributed to current and former CIA officers who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the prisons were shut down after Human Rights Watch said it had evidence suggesting such facilities existed in Romania and Poland.

Kwasniewski recognized Wednesday that Polish and American intelligence services cooperate, but said their work respects the law.

"There is intelligence cooperation of which, due to the nature of the thing, even we at the highest levels of power don't know the details of. But I'm certain that in the framework of this intelligence cooperation everything takes place in agreement with the law."

Also the official in charge of the intelligence services, Zbigniew Wassermann, was quoted by the PAP news agency as saying there is "nothing to confirm the news reports," that CIA could have held suspects on Polish territory, reports the AP. I.L.

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