The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that Poland broke the European human rights convention in helping the CIA to render two terror suspects.
The judges said Poland had co-operated with the illegal transfers in 2002-2003, allowing two suspects to be interrogated on its territory.
It is the first such case concerning a CIA “black site” prison in Poland.
Abu Zubaydah, a Palestinian, was arrested in Pakistan and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi, in Dubai.
Poland broke the European human rights convention in helping the CIA to render two terror suspects
The court held that “the treatment to which the applicants had been subjected by the CIA during their detention in Poland had amounted to torture”.
The two men are currently held at the US Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba.
They complained to the court that they had been tortured at a US-run facility in Poland called Stare Kiejkuty, where Nashiri was held for six months and Abu Zubaydah for nine.
The ECHR, in its press release on the case, said that “the Polish state, on account of its acquiescence and connivance in the HVD [extraordinary rendition] Program, had to be regarded as responsible for the violation of the applicants’ rights committed on its territory”.
It added that Poland had been aware that the men’s transfer to and from its territory had been carried out by the process of “extraordinary rendition”.
“Consequently, by enabling the CIA to transfer the applicants to its other secret detention facilities, the Polish authorities exposed them to a foreseeable serious risk of further ill-treatment and conditions of detention in breach of Article Three [prohibition of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment],” it said.
The court ordered the Polish government to pay each of the men 100,000 euros ($135,000) in damages. It also awarded Abu Zubaydah 30,000 euros to cover his costs.
Makena, a two-year-old girl from Canada, puts her heart and soul into a beautiful rendition of the Adele’s first number one hit Someone Like You and caused a sensation on YouTube.
The track from Adele’s second album, 21, cemented her status as a superstar, and it looks set to do the same for her young fan.
Over 1,700,000 people have watched Makena singing along to the song since the video was uploaded by her mother Heather Fedorick two weeks ago.
One user from the Czech Republic wrote: “She is so cute, when I watch her singing, I think that life is beautiful.”
Another added: “I think 20 terrorists put down their weapons and bombs after watching this video.”
Makena, a two-year-old girl from Canada, puts her heart and soul into a beautiful rendition of the Adele's first number one hit Someone Like You and caused a sensation on YouTube
Makena shows an impressive grasp of the lyrics to the hit about the end of 23-year-old Adele’s relationship with an unnamed ex-boyfriend.
It is, however, doubtful that at this stage she fully understands the meaning of the heartbreaking song, whose chorus runs: “Never mind I’ll find/ Someone like you / I wish nothing but the best for you, too / Don’t forget me, I begged, I remember you said / Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead.”
In Makena’s hands, the soulful song takes on a different aspect, and the tragic words become charmingly funny sung in the toddler’s childish lisp.
Makena’s mother can be heard providing a little help when her daughter falters, but the toddler still shows skill beyond her years as she belts out the track.
With her talent for mumbling the words when she gets a little stuck, the blonde-haired toddler could compete with some of the biggest stars in the business.
Makena’s new fans will be hoping this is not the last we see of the brilliant young starlet.