Poland may appeal European court ruling – PM Tusk
July 28, 2014
Poland's PM Donald Tusk
Poland will "quite likely" file an appeal against the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights that the country had violated European torture and inhumane treatment laws, Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Friday.
"We're analyzing materials and it is quite probable that we will appeal this ruling, " Tusk told reporters.
The ECHR ruled on Thursday that Poland broke the European human rights convention in helping the CIA to render two terror suspects, who were subject to torture and degrading treatment while in detention in Poland in 2002-2003.
According to the ruling, Poland has to pay EUR 230,000 compensation to the CIA prisoners.
According to Polish politicians commenting on the issue, Poland should press on the Unites States to pay the compensation. The ruling should not threaten Poland's international position, an expert on international affairs Slawomir Debski says. Both ruling Civic Platform (PO) and opposition Law and Justice (PiS) politicians claim that the former leftist President Aleksander Kwasniewski and the former PM Leszek Miller, both in office then, owe explanations to the public opinion on the matter.
So far, both politicians have repeatedly denied such prisons existed in the country.
On Thursday Miller slammed the court's decision as "unjust and immoral" and said it would be absurd for Poland to pay a fine to "murderers."
"It's unjust because it is based on rumors, speculation and slander. Material that Polish authorities sent to the court was rejected and not considered by the court," Miller said. "It's immoral because the tribunal put the rights of murderers above the rights of victims."
Asked if he knew at the time that the CIA was operating a site where it tortured suspects, he said: "I have said many times that such a prison did not exist and I have nothing more to say on the matter."
Kwasniewski also said there were no secret CIA sites in Poland, although he said Poland cooperated with the U.S. "to reduce the threat of terrorism."