PARIS (AP) - Lawyers and human rights activists are challenging Poland over the treatment of the suspected al-Qaida mastermind of the 2000 bombing of the Norfolk-based USS Cole.
The 46-year-old Saudi national was held at a secret CIA site in Poland between December 2002 and June 2003, and is now imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
A case has been filed at Europe's court of human rights accusing Poland of "active complicity" in the extraordinary rendition program carried out under then-President George W. Bush.
The New York-based Open Society Justice Initiative, and lawyers for Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri want Poland to help block an "imminent risk" that al-Nashiri could face the death penalty.
U.S. military prosecutors have re-filed terrorism and murder charges and requested the death penalty. The Cole attack killed 17 sailors.
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