Germany probes detainee abuse

German prosecutors have said they are investigating two soldiers on suspicion of mistreating a German-born Turkish citizen while he was in custody in Afghanistan.

Germany probes detainee abuse
Murat Kurnaz alleges that his head was banged on the ground and he was kicked during interrogation at a camp near Kandahar in 2002.
 
Prosecutors in Tuebingen said on Monday that they had narrowed down their investigation to two members of Germany's KSK special forces that are deployed in Afghanistan as part of a US-led coalition force.
 

The German defence ministry and a parliamentary committee are also investigating Kurnaz's allegations. The two suspects will now be questioned, prosecutor Walter Vollmer said.

 

They said they were investigating one soldier whom Kurnaz had identified through photographs and another who was on duty with him.
 
"Both suspects are accused of grievous bodily harm while on duty," the prosecutors said in a statement.
 
Kurnaz, born in Germany in 1982, was in the process of acquiring German citizenship when he was arrested in Pakistan in late 2001.
 
He says he also suffered abuse at Guantanamo Bay, where the United States has held suspects indefinitely without charge.
 
The Kurnaz case puts Germany in a compromising position as the country also faces allegations that its previous government secretly aided a US programme to kidnap and fly terrorism suspects to third countries for interrogation.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16
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