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Afghan warlord sentenced to 20 years in prison by UK court

[JURIST] After his conviction for torture and hostage-taking [JURIST report] Monday, Afghan warlord Faryadi Sarwar Zardad [Wikipedia profile] was sentenced Tuesday by a UK court to two concurrent 20-year prison terms. The jury sitting at London's Old Bailey found Zardad guilty after hearing the vicious examples of hostage-taking that Zardad oversaw or directed between 1992 and 1996. Zardad, whose first trial [JURIST report] in 2004 ended in a hung jury, maintains he did not kidnap or torture any travelers. At the close of the trial the judge recommended Zardad be deported from the UK after serving his sentence. BBC News has more.

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