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Mar 26, 2013

Delays in Poland’s CIA jails case “endangering evidence”

WARSAW (Reuters) – Delays in Poland’s investigation into whether the CIA ran secret jails on its soil could have caused evidence to be lost and given security services time to cover their tracks, according to a submission to the European Court of Human Rights.

Lawyers for Saudi-born Abu Zubaydah, who alleges he was held illegally by the CIA in Poland, on Tuesday submitted an application the court to hear their client’s case. They argued there was no hope of him receiving fair treatment inside Poland.

Mar 13, 2013

Analysis: Only a forint fall could rein in Hungary’s Orban

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Investors do not like Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s policies but unless they pull their money out, causing a run on the forint, there is little to make him change course.

After a successful dollar bond issue last month he does not need an international rescue so the European Union, which says he is backsliding on democracy, and the International Monetary Fund cannot impose conditions to stop him.

Mar 13, 2013

Only a forint fall could rein in Hungary’s Orban

BUDAPEST, March 13 (Reuters) – Investors do not like
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s policies but unless they
pull their money out, causing a run on the forint, there is
little to make him change course.

After a successful dollar bond issue last month he does not
need an international rescue so the European Union, which says
he is backsliding on democracy, and the International Monetary
Fund cannot impose conditions to stop him.

Feb 5, 2013

Poland declines to answer court’s questions on CIA jail

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland has not answered questions put to it seven months ago by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) about whether the CIA ran a secret jail in Poland and how much Polish officials knew about it, the court said on Tuesday.

The absence of answers will add to pressure on Poland from human rights groups, who say it must prove it is committed to revealing the truth about what part it may have played in helping the CIA detain and interrogate al Qaeda suspects during Washington’s “War on Terror” following the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

Jan 31, 2013

Polish conservative MPs flinch at idea of transsexual speaker

WARSAW (Reuters) – The third-biggest party in Poland’s parliament nominated a transsexual woman for the job of deputy speaker on Thursday, upsetting conservative lawmakers who said they would try to block the appointment.

The nomination of Anna Grodzka, a 58-year-old who completed a sex change three years ago, will test attitudes in Poland, a devoutly Catholic country where traditional moral values often clash with new, liberal ideas about sexuality.

Jan 28, 2013

Guantanamo inmate seeks European court ruling against Poland

WARSAW (Reuters) – Lawyers for a man who says the CIA held him in a secret prison in a Polish forest asked the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Monday to rule on his case because they say a criminal investigation run by Poland is going nowhere.

The decision by lawyers for Saudi-born Abu Zubaydah to go to the court in Strasbourg raises fresh questions about how serious Poland is about investigating allegations that the CIA, as part of a global operation to detain suspected al Qaeda militants a decade ago, used facilities on Polish territory.

Jan 27, 2013

Poland’s investigation into secret CIA prisons loses steam

WARSAW (Reuters) – Lawyers for two men who say they were held illegally in a secret CIA jail on Polish territory argue that a landmark criminal investigation into the “black site” is being stalled because a trial will embarrass the Polish state.

Polish prosecutors are investigating the country’s role in a global operation run by U.S. secret services a decade ago to transport suspected al Qaeda members to facilities outside the United States where they could be held and interrogated without the safeguards set out under U.S. law.

Jan 27, 2013

Insight: Poland’s investigation into secret CIA prisons loses steam

WARSAW (Reuters) – Lawyers for two men who say they were held illegally in a secret CIA jail on Polish territory argue that a landmark criminal investigation into the “black site” is being stalled because a trial will embarrass the Polish state.

Polish prosecutors are investigating the country’s role in a global operation run by U.S. secret services a decade ago to transport suspected al Qaeda members to facilities outside the United States where they could be held and interrogated without the safeguards set out under U.S. law.

Dec 19, 2012

Exclusive: EU investigating Poland over road-building pile-up

WARSAW (Reuters) – The European Commission is investigating why Poland’s government is refusing to pay dozens of foreign contractors for work carried out under a road-building program worth billions of euros and backed by Europe.

Should the investigation find Poland’s state institutions have been at fault, it will deal a severe blow to the reputation of a country which routinely is held up in Brussels as a model of the successful use of European Union (EU) development cash.

Dec 19, 2012

EU investigating Poland over road-building pile-up

WARSAW, Dec 19 (Reuters) – The European Commission is
investigating why Poland’s government is refusing to pay dozens
of foreign contractors for work carried out under a
road-building programme worth billions of euros and backed by
Europe.

Should the investigation find Poland’s state institutions
have been at fault, it will deal a severe blow to the reputation
of a country which routinely is held up in Brussels as a model
of the successful use of European Union (EU) development cash.