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Polish PM rejects accusations of CIA prisons

Written by: Staff

WARSAW, June 7 (Reuters) Polish Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz today criticised as ''slanderous'' a Council of Europe report that accused Poland of running secret detention centres for the CIA.

The Council report said Poland was one of 14 European countries that colluded in a ''spider's web'' of secret U S Central Intelligence Agency prisons and transfers of terrorism suspects.

''These accusations are slanderous. ... They are not based on any facts and that is all I know and all I have to say,'' Marcinkiewicz told reporters in parliament, when asked to comment on the report.

The parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe, which has investigated the case, said Poland and Romania were running secret detention centres on their territories.

Poland's ruling conservatives, which repeatedly denied such detention centres existed on Polish soil, have run an independent investigation on the issue but its result were not made fully available to the public.

Poland is one of Washington's leading allies in Europe. It angered European Union heavyweights Germany and France by sending troops to join the U S-led war in Iraq. It is also considered as a potential location for an anti-missile defence system built by the United States.

Reuters SHB DS1620

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