Afghan war crimes suspect released

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21 January 2005, AMSTERDAM — An appeals court in The Hague ordered the release from custody of a suspected Afghan war criminal on Thursday. The court based its decision on the man's personal circumstances.

21 January 2005

AMSTERDAM — An appeals court in The Hague ordered the release from custody of a suspected Afghan war criminal on Thursday. The court based its decision on the man's personal circumstances.

Hasamuddin H. — who is said to have been the leader of the Afghan intelligence service KhaD during the communist rule in Afghanistan — remains under suspicion of committing war crimes and torture.

Soon after his arrest at the end of November last year, Dutch police also arrested Habibullah J., who allegedly served as the interrogation chief with the KhaD. He is also accused of war crimes and torture.

Both men applied for asylum in the Netherlands in the 1990s and despite being refused asylum, they opted to stay in the Netherlands anyway. Their asylum had been refused due to suspicions about their past in Afghanistan.

The Afghan intelligence services are accused of torturing 200,000 opponents to the communist regime since 1979. Some 50,000 of them are believed to have been killed.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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