Thursday, May 30, 2013

Secret detention row forces UK to hand over suspects to Afghans

Up to 90 prisoners are being held without charge at the British base in Helmand, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has confirmed.

The transfer of the suspected insurgents, some of them allegedly responsible for the killings of British service personnel, to Afghan custody was halted after claims that they may face mistreatment.

Mr Hammond said work was going on “very intensively” with the Afghan authorities to create the safe conditions for detainees to be transferred to the Afghan system and he said he hoped that this would be achieved “within a matter of days”.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/secret-detention-row-forces-uk-to-hand-over-suspects-to-afghans-8635471.html