Afghan officials deny inmate torture

2011-09-07 19:05

Kabul - Two Afghan officials rejected allegations that their government's security agencies tortured detainees. The allegations are believed to be part of an unpublished UN report.

The findings prompted Nato to suspended all transfers of detainees from international to Afghan-run detention centres, pending investigation.

Interior Minister Besmillah Mohammadi and security chief Rahmatullah Nabi say Nato's decision is politically motivated and will harm the transition of security responsibilities from Nato to the Afghan government.

They also complained on Wednesday that the Afghan government has not received a copy of the UN report.

The two say that in the past, the UN assured Afghan authorities their detention facilities complied with international human rights standards.