Detention ruling shackles troops, says Philip Hammond

‘The detention policy used by the Armed Forces in Afghanistan was unlawful, the High Court has said.

After the ruling, Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, said the decision would tie the hands of soldiers abroad.

The issue formed part of the damages claim brought by Serdar Mohammed, an Afghan farmer from Helmand province, who was captured in April 2010 on suspicion of being a Taliban commander.

He alleged that he was tortured into giving a false confession after being transferred to a base at Lashkar Gah.

His allegations, particularly those of ill-treatment at the hands of British soldiers, are strongly disputed.’

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