Judge: UK detention policy in Afghanistan unlawful

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Associated Press

Posted on May 2, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Updated Friday, May 2 at 11:36 AM

LONDON (AP) — A judge has ruled that the detention policy used by British forces in Afghanistan violates human rights laws.

The High Court ruling came at the conclusion of a lawsuit claim by Serdar Mohammed, an Afghan captured by British forces during a military operation in Helmand province in 2010.

The claimant, who was suspected of being a Taliban commander, alleged he was unlawfully detained by British soldiers for a total of 110 days.

Siding with him, High Court judge George Leggatt ruled Friday the British government had no basis for detaining him beyond 96 hours, either under Afghan or international law.

Defense Secretary Philip Hammond said the ruling restricts the ability of troops to operate in combat, and that the government plans to appeal the decision.

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