Inmate beaten to near death in Khost
KHOST CITY (PAN): A prisoner was beaten nearly to death in custody by intelligence officials at a detention facility in southeastern Khost province, the victim's family and a medical officer claimed on Thursday, but the allegation was rejected by officials of the provincial National Directorate of Security (NDS).
The inmate, identified as Maulvi Abdullah, was hospitalised by NDS officials on Wednesday afternoon for treatment in a critical condition, a doctor at the provincial civil hospital told Pajhwok Afghan News on condition of anonymity.
The man who has marks of wounds on his body was unable to eat or drink, he said, adding the hospital lacked facilities to provide him full medical aid. The doctor said the victim was being shifted to another hospital for better treatment.
According to Habibullah, brother of the prisoner, a resident of Noori village of Sabar district, his brother Maulvi Abdullah was a prayer leader in Raheem village and teacher in a high school.
His brother was arrested by the NDS officials on October 1 from the city, insisting his brother was innocent and had no connection with any group.
"My brother has been beaten severely by the NDS official as he has bleeding in urine for the last three days," he claimed, fearing his brother would not remain alive.
Local residents were annoyed with the torture of Abdullah and claimed he was innocent.
Provincial NDS chief, Gen. Abdul Wasih, said they had not subjected Abdullah to torture, denying any sign of torture on his body.
"Delegations of human rights, UNO and other organizations often visit our cells," he said, adding Abdullah was put behind the bars five days ago.
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on October 10 issued a report, saying it had interviewed 379 prisoners from 22 provinces from October 2010 to 2011 about their condition in prisons.
Detainees endured treatment that amounted to torture in 47 detention facilities, run by Afghan police and intelligence service, in 24 of the country’s 34 provinces, the report said.
The 74-page report raised particular concerns about detention centers run by the Afghan intelligence agency, known as the NDS, which held an estimated 1,500 to 2,000 detainees during the period when the investigation took place.
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