Police arrest second Afghan war crimes suspect

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7 December 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Dutch police have arrested a second Afghan man in relation to war crimes offences and torture committed by Afghanistan's former Communist regime.

7 December 2004

AMSTERDAM — Dutch police have arrested a second Afghan man in relation to war crimes offences and torture committed by Afghanistan's former Communist regime.

The public prosecution service (OM) said on Tuesday that Habibullah J., 58, is the former head of the interrogation unit of the KhAD, the military intelligence service operated by the Marxist regime in the 1980s.

He was living with his family in the Dutch town of Benschop, near Utrecht and was arrested on 2 December.

J. applied for asylum in the Netherlands in 1996, but his request was refused in 2000 on suspicion he was guilty of human rights violations. Witnesses in the Netherlands, Afghanistan and Pakistan have accused J. of involvement in the torture of prisoners.

The Dutch authorities seized documents during a raid of his home last week and an judge at Arnhem Court remanded him in custody on Monday for another 10 days.

His arrest comes a week after Dutch police held on 27 November the former head of KhAD, also on charges of war crimes and torture.

Hesamuddin H., 56, was arrested in Boskoop, near Gouda, on 27 October. He was remanded in custody by Arnhem Court on 30 October.

KhAD is accused of torturing 200,000 opponents to the former communist government in Afghanistan. Some 50,000 of them are believed to have been killed. The most common methods of torture were beatings and electric shocks. 

 [Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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