Friday, 2 November 2012
Torture Scandal Halts MOD Transfers To Afghan Jails
Torture claims halt MoD transfers to Afghan jails | Law | The Guardian: "The court heard how the Foreign Office minister Lady Warsi – the former Conservative Party co-chair – had failed to question assurances by Asadullah Khalid, the head of the Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS), even though he was alleged to be widely known to have been personally involved in torture.An urgent hearing was requested by lawyers acting for an Afghan prisoner tortured in breach of assurances made to British officials. James Eadie QC, for the MoD, told the hearing: "Both the secretary of state for defence [Philip Hammond] and the baroness [Warsi] were briefed on the allegations. But the fact of the matter is, he is head of the NDS.""