WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish prosecutor said Thursday that investigators have discussed seeking U.S. permission to visit Guantanamo Bay to seek evidence from terror suspects who claim they were held at secret CIA prison in Poland.
Investigators' spokesman Piotr Kosmaty said that U.S. lawyers for a Yemeni suspect, Walid bin Attash, have visited and discussed with the Poles various ways of obtaining testimony from him, including a visit by the Poles to the Guantanamo Bay detention center where Attash and two other suspects included in Poland's probe are held.
"We will use every emerging opportunity that would allow us to question, in the capacity of witness, all persons that have information on the case," Kosmaty told The Associated Press.
"It would be good if the prosecutor went there," he said, stressing that permission from U.S. authorities was required.
Attash was given victim status in the Polish probe, as were Saudi national Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri and Abu Zubaydah, a Palestinian.
In its probe that opened in 2008, Poland has sent four requests to the U.S. authorities for assistance in gathering evidence. One has been denied and another denial is expected soon, Kosmaty said.
Without sufficient evidence, Poland may have to end its investigation of whether it hosted a CIA black site in 2002-2003 where terror suspects were treated harshly.
Former CIA officials have told The Associated Press that a prison in Poland operated from December 2002 until the fall of 2003. Human rights groups believe about eight terror suspects were held in Poland, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
Polish government officials of the time deny such a center existed, but prosecutors said recently they have presented charges to one former official. Polish media reported in 2012 that former intelligence agency chief, Zbigniew Siemiatkowski, heard charges, meaning he has been formally notified that he is a suspect.
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