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European court rejects Polish appeal in CIA jail case

18 February 2015

(Reuters) — The European Court of Human Rights refused on Tuesday to reconsider its ruling that Poland hosted a secret CIA jail, a decision that will now oblige Warsaw to swiftly hold to account Polish officials who allowed the jail to operate.

The court’s decision will add to pressure on other European countries to end years of secrecy about their involvement in the CIA’s global program of secret detention after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

The Polish foreign ministry, which had delayed implementing the court’s ruling by submitting a request for an appeal, said in a statement it would now abide by the court’s decision.

The original ruling in July last year included a demand that Poland swiftly conclude a criminal investigation into the jail, and pay compensation totaling 230,000 euros ($262,660) to two men who were held there.

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