29/11/2012

Detainees Face Ill-Treatment In Afghan Custody

Detainees captured by UK forces face ill treatment if handed over into Afghan custody, according to defence secretary Phillip Hammond.

Mr Hammond has imposed a temporary ban on handing suspects over to Afghan forces, a High Court judge has been told.

Lawyers have claimed prisoners are in danger. The news follows an application brought on behalf of Serdar Mohammed, who says he was tortured in an Afghan jail.

The 24-year-old farmer was arrested by UK forces in April 2010 in the Kajaki district of Helmand Province.

He has said he was forced under torture to falsely admit to being a member of the Taliban at the Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS) facility at Lashkar Gah.

Dinah Rose QC, told Lord Justice Moses in the High Court a letter had been received from Mr Hammond saying human rights abuses were suspected to be taking place.

Initially, Mr Hammond was expected to oppose the application, but the minister's letter said he would not be contending the idea that UK-captured detainees could be lawfully transferred to NDS custody.

(IT/GK)

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