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Britain retries Afghan warlord in torture case

[JURIST] A British court Wednesday began a retrial of suspected Afghan warlord Faryadi Sarwar Zardad [Wikipedia profile] in what may be the first instance of a country prosecuting an alleged torturer for crimes committed abroad. Zardad is believed to have controlled key road checkpoints in the mid-1990s on the main route from Pakistan to Kabul where the alleged tortures took place. Zardad, whose first trial [JURIST report] ended in a hung jury, maintains he did not kidnap or torture any travelers. He was first arrested in London in 2002. Reuters has more.

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