Defence Secretary Philip Hammond
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Afghan nationals held by British Forces at Camp Bastion

British forces are detaining 80 to 90 Afghan nationals in a holding facility at Camp Bastion, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has confirmed.

UK lawyers acting for eight of the men said they had been held for up to 14 months without charge in what could amount to unlawful detention.

They compared it to when the public became aware of Guantanamo Bay and they want the UK High Court to free the men.

But Mr Hammond said their release would put British troops at risk.

  • 29 May 2013
  • From the section UK
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