Dutch police arrest Afghan war crimes suspect
1 December 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Dutch police arrested on Saturday the former chief of the Afghan military intelligence service on charges of war crimes and torture, the public prosecutor's office said on Tuesday.
1 December 2004
AMSTERDAM — Dutch police arrested on Saturday the former chief of the Afghan military intelligence service on charges of war crimes and torture, the public prosecutor's office said on Tuesday.
The 56-year-old Hesamuddin H. was arrested Saturday morning and officers of the National Detectives Unit also seized various documents in a raid of his home. An Arnhem Court judge extended his remand detention on Tuesday by 10 days.
H. has lived with his family in the western Dutch town of Boskoop since the 1990s, having applied for asylum in the Netherlands in 1992. Despite the fact his request for asylum was refused due to suspicions about his past, H. stayed on in the Netherlands.
The former colonel-general had served as the chief of the Afghan military intelligence service KhAD, which is accused of committing crimes of torture during the communist rule in Afghanistan. It is accused of torturing 200,000 people, of which 50,000 people were killed.
H. was appointed the chief of the KhAD in 1983. After a reorganisation, he served until the end of 1991 as the State Secretary of State Security. Thereafter he served as a military attaché in Moscow.
The criminal investigation into H. has taken statements from various victims, with witnesses both in the Netherlands and Afghanistan declaring that H. was involved in the torture of opponents to the Afghan communist regime.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news