28 March 2012
Fresh evidence regarding CIA rendition flights
Warsaw-based Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (HFHR) provided fresh evidence of cooperation between the Polish Government and the CIA on renditions (http://www.hfhr.org.pl/cia/images/stories/PRESS%20RELEASE%202.pdf).
The Foundation obtained information from the Polish Border Guard confirming that in the period between December 2002 and September 2003 seven CIA jets operated by front companies had landed at the remote Szymany airport in northern Poland.
According to the document just released by the Foundation, twenty people altogether disembarked from the aircrafts and presumably were transported to the Polish secret service station in Stare Kiejkuty. The document made available by the Border Guard gives for the first time an official confirmation that CIA aircrafts carried passengers on their board when landing at the Szymany airport.
Adam Bodnar, Secretary of the Board of the HFHR, pointed out that the information obtained by the Foundation had not been previously submitted to the European
Parliament in relation to its investigation.
Official investigation was launched in Poland in August 2008 by the National Prosecution Office. Yet the Office pointed out that it should not be expected to draw the investigation quickly to the end.
Documents: HFHR Press Release http://www.hfhr.org.pl/cia/images/stories/PRESS%20RELEASE%202.pdf
Letter from the Border Guard Office to the HFHR (translation) http://www.hfhr.org.pl/cia/images/stories/Letter_23_07_2010.pdf
Specification of arrivals and departures of CIA aircrafts on the Polish territory, 2002-2005 (updated July 2010): http://www.hfhr.org.pl/cia/images/stories/Data_flights_eng.pdf
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