Afghan torture allegations erupt in U.K.

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Detainees tell of ‘electrocution, beating, whipping, stress positions’

By CBC News, April 21, 2010

afghan-detaineeAfghan detainees handed over by British troops to Afghan secret police were regularly beaten with weapons, hung from the ceiling and electrocuted, according to detailed allegations made public in a London courtroom on Tuesday.

The allegations of abuse, similar to Canada’s detainee torture affair, came in the opening argument from Maya Evans, an anti-war activist seeking a judicial review of Britain’s detainee transfer policy in Afghanistan. The statement was submitted Monday but released only Tuesday in full.

According to documents submitted to the court, a number of detainees outlined allegations of systematic abuse at the hands of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), the Afghan secret service

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