Afghan chief justice wants US apology for any Koran abuse at Guantanamo

[JURIST] As anti-US violence continued for a fourth day in Afghanistan on Saturday, Afghan Chief Justice Fazl Hadi Shinwari [IRIN interview] called for an American apology and punishment for those responsible if recent allegations [Newsweek article] about desecration of the Koran by US personnel at Guantanamo Bay turned out to be true. His comments were echoed by Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who condemned the violence that has so far led to some 16 deaths but said that his government would "strongly request the American government to put on trial and punish whoever is the culprit." Hundreds of Afghans took to the streets Saturday in the northern city of Baglan, burning an effigy of President Bush. Five demonstrators were arrested and explosives were seized as Afghan security forces went on hgih alert and reinforcements were dispatched to more potential trouble spots. BBC News has more. RFE/RL provides additional coverage.

 

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