Tuesday, September 02, 2014


Afghanistan

British Government Halts Transfer Of Afghan Detainees

The British government has halted the transfer of detainees captured in Afghanistan to Afghan custody, citing the risk of torture.

A Defense Ministry spokesman has confirmed that a moratorium on transfers went into effect on November 28.

On November 29, a lawyer told a London court she had been informed of the temporary ban in a letter sent to her by Defense Secretary Philip Hammond.

The lawyer is acting on behalf of an Afghan farmer who wants the court to declare there is a "real risk" that detainees are in danger of being abused and tortured in Afghan jails.

The 24-year-old Afghan farmer says he was captured by British forces in Afghanistan in 2010 and transferred to Afghan custody, where he was tortured.

Based on reporting by dpa and BBC

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