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Afghan spy chief: ‘I told MI5 that prisoners were being tortured’

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Mark Townsend
London Observer
April 26, 2010

Fresh claims have emerged that MI5 was aware of allegations that Afghan detainees were being mistreated by the country’s security service during the period UK forces were handing prisoners over to the Afghan authorities.

Last week the high court heard details of torture allegedly suffered by prisoners handed over to the Afghan domestic security service. A memo, seen by the Observer, reveals that the head of Afghanistan’s intelligence agency indicated to UK officials in March 2007 that he was aware of ill-treatment claims involving prisoners.

In the document, marked confidential, Amrullah Saleh, chief of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), admits he is “aware of allegations of mistreatment” relating to detainees in Kandahar province.

Human rights lawyers allege that no action appears to have been taken by UK forces as a result and that British troops handed over detainees to the NDS Kandahar facility in 2007.

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