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Jury in Afghan torture trial questions case

[JURIST] The jury hearing the UK torture case against alleged Afghan warlord Faryadi Sarwar Zardad has asked the judge to explain who is behind the prosecution and whether Zardad had ever sought asylum in Britain or entered illegally. Zardad, who served as an Afghan commander from 1991 to 1996 before immigrating to Britain, faces charges of conspiracy to torture and take hostages under the UK Criminal Justice Act of 1988 [text].

Justice Treacy told the jurors that evidence given in the case would clarify if the questions were relevant. BBC News has more. JURIST's Paper Chase has background on the trial.

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