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Afghan spy chief: 'I told MI5 that prisoners were being tortured'

Afghan spy chief: 'I told MI5 that prisoners were being tortured' --UK forces are accused of handing over Taliban detainees to Kandahar interrogators despite claims of ill-treatment torture 25 Apr 2010 Fresh claims have emerged that MI5 was aware of allegations that Afghan detainees were being mistreated by the country's security service during the period UK forces were handing prisoners over to the Afghan authorities. Last week the high court heard details of torture allegedly suffered by prisoners handed over to the Afghan domestic security service. A memo, seen by the Observer, reveals that the head of Afghanistan's intelligence agency indicated to UK officials in March 2007 that he was aware of ill-treatment claims involving prisoners. In the document, marked confidential, Amrullah Saleh, chief of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), admits he is "aware of allegations of mistreatment" relating to detainees prisoners in Kandahar province.