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Third possible victim in Polish CIA prison probe

WARSAW, Poland (AP) – A Polish lawyer says a third prisoner at Guantánamo Bay has been given possible victim status in Poland’s investigation of whether the country hosted a secret CIA prison where inmates were subject to harsh treatment.

Mariusz Paplaczyk told The Associated Press on Thursday that he has been allowed to examine the investigation files. According to procedure, this means that investigators consider his client, Walid bin Attash, as a possible victim of mistreatment in Poland.

Spokesman for the investigators, Piotr Kosmaty, confirmed to the AP that Polish lawyers represent a third victim.

Two other current Guantánamo captives who were held for years by he CIA were earlier given victim status: Zayn al Abdeen Mohammed al Hussein and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, both born in Saudi Arabia.

Poland’s leaders of the time denied hosting a prison. The current government launched the investigation in 2008.

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