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UK begins prosecution of Afghan man accused of torture

[JURIST] The trial of a former Afghan commander who immigrated to Britain began Friday in London. The prosecution of Faryadi Sarwar Zardad, who faces charges of conspiracy to torture and take hostages, is the first of its kind in the UK, and the prosecution's opening statements were delivered by UK Attorney General Lord Goldsmith.

Section 134 of the UK Criminal Justice Act of 1988 allows people to be prosecuted by the British government for torture committed in other countries. The Act was passed in accordance with the UN Convention Against Torture. Zardad served as a commander outside of Kabul from 1991 to 1996 and is accused of indiscriminate violence against people living in the area. BBC News has more.

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