Detainee-torture allegations spread to Britain
Human-rights groups in London seek judicial review of documents charging ‘first-hand evidence of systematic torture’
From Tuesday’s Globe and MailPublished on Monday, Apr. 19, 2010 9:04PM EDTLast updated on Monday, Apr. 19, 2010 9:23PM EDT
Allegations that Afghan detainees were routinely handed over to Afghan authorities for torture – up to now a largely Canadian scandal – are poised to envelope fellow NATO countries with a London court case that claims Britain exposed hundreds of prisoners to abuse in similar circumstances.
A team of human-rights lawyers presented judges in a London court Monday with thousands of pages of documents it says provide detailed proof that Britain knowingly handed detainees to special prisons run by Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security, the intelligence agency that is widely believed to use torture as a routine part of its interrogations.
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