Lawyer: Dutch authorities knew about torture

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A lawyer has accused the Dutch and American authorities of knowing about the torture of a 24-year-old Dutchman in Pakistan over a period of eight months.

Sabir K. was arrested at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport in April after the Pakistani authorities put him on a flight to the Netherlands. America has requested his extradition in connection with terrorism charges. He is suspected of “hostilities against US troops in Afghanistan".

Sabir K. claims he was subjected to mock executions in Pakistan, repeated beatings as well as cold and unhygienic conditions.

Since his arrest, he has been held in a special prison terrorism unit in Rotterdam. A court in Rotterdam has ruled the extradition request admissible. Sabir K. has appealed to the Supreme Court against the ruling. His lawyer André Seebregts says he will take the case to the European Court for Human Rights if necessary. The Dutch high consul in Islamabad Evert Brongers visited the Dutchman twice. In an email, he wrote that Sabir K. was brought into the room blindfolded and with a bag over his head. The Foreign Ministry says it has no indications that he was tortured.

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