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Ghalib accuses police of abusing juvenile prisoners

Ghalib accuses police of abusing juvenile prisoners

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Oct 12, 2011 - 21:06

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Justice Minister Habibullah Ghalib on Wednesday accused police of maltreating juvenile prisoners and sexually harassing them in child rehabilitation centres.

The allegation came a day after a United Nations report blasted the police for 'systematic torture' of detainees including children.

"The police are still mistreating children in prisons," Ghalib told a press conference, adding some children had been beaten and some were sexually abused by the police.

Special police for children must be set up and the Ministry of Educationinfo-icon must help them with the implementation of the government's education system for children in prison in order to solve the problem, he suggested.

Ghalib also said juvenile centres were ill-equipped and understaffed, with bad food an not enough furniture.

"Examination officials are not equipped and trained to determine the proper age of the children in prison," he said.

He said police and legal entities were "disrespecting the reform deadlines" set by the ministry.

The minister's comments came two days after a UN report revealed that detainees were mistreated by Afghan police and the spy agency in detention facilities, calling it "systematic torture" and ill-treatment. Children under the age of 18 years were also tortured by intelligence officials, it said.

Head of centres for children rehabilitation and training, Muhammad Siddique Siddiqi, said rejected Ghalib's accusation as baseless and far from reality.

He said they had not yet received any information regarding police misbehavior with juveniles in these centres. However, he said an investigation would be launched to into the accusations.

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