MoI probing video clip that shows police torturing detainee
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior on Wednesday said it was investigating a video clip showing a man being severely tortured by police in Panjwai district of southern Kandahar province.
But Kandahar police officials said the video circulated on social media was two years old and policemen involved in the incident had already been punished.
The video clip shows a man tied to the back of a police vehicle with a rope is dragged for at least 30 metres on the road and then he is brutally tortured by policemen to confess his crime.
A number of policemen, Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers and some other people in civilian clothes are seen standing around the man.
“Panjwai District 34” is written on the police vehicle’s backside. “Tell the truth, who are your friends?,” could be heard repeatedly in the video.
The clip drew a strong reaction from Afghan social media users who condemned the incident as against the law.
Some social media users said police whose duty was to enforce the law should not break the law themselves. They said police should not practice torturing suspects to extract forced confessions because it angered people and created hatred for police.
Some others commented that such action by police was against humanity because Afghanistan law banned torturing humans.
Kandahar human rights commission officials also said they were concerned about the video clip.
The human rights commission acting director, Shamsuddin Tanweer, told Pajhwok Afghan News no one could torture a person without court’s decision based on Afghanistan’s constitution.
He said the commission would investigate the issue in cooperation with the military attorney to prevent such incidents in future.
However, Kandahar police spokesman Zia Durrani said the video had been recorded two years ago in Haji Aziz area between Panjwai and Maiwand districts.
“The man who is tortured was planting bombs along with another rebel when they were detained. One of them was killed during a clash with police,” he said, but acknowledged torturing the detained man was against the law.
Durrani said two policemen involved in the incident had been arrested and jailed. He said the Kandahar police headquarters had never ignored such incidents and had taken action against law violators.
The Ministry of Interior released a statement, saying the incident was being investigated.
“A number of people whose identities are yet to be established are seen torturing a man seems to be a suicide bomber in the video. The action is linked to police forces,” the statement said.
The MoI statement said police could not torture criminals and should adhere to all conflict rules. The ministry ordered relevant organs to comprehensively investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.
Social media users have also previously shared videos that showed rebel groups torturing civilians.
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