Pros­e­cu­tor: U.S. forces may have tor­tured in Afghanistan

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THE HAGUE, NETHER­LANDS >> In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court pros­e­cu­tors say that a pre­lim­i­nary probe in­di­cates that mem­bers of the United States armed forces and the CIA may have com­mit­ted war crimes by tor­tur­ing de­tainees in Afghanistan.

The pros­e­cu­tion of­fice said in a re­port is­sued late Mon­day that U.S. armed forces per­son­nel “ap­pear to have sub­jected at least 61 de­tained persons to torture” in Afghanistan, mainly in 2003-2004.

The re­port adds that CIA op­er­a­tives may have tor­tured at least 27 de­tainees in Afghanistan and else­where mainly in the same time pe­riod.

Pros­e­cu­tors say they will de­cide “im­mi­nently” whether to seek au­tho­riza­tion to open a full-scale in­ves­ti­ga­tion in Afghanistan.

The United States is not a mem­ber of the court, but its cit­i­zens could face pros­e­cu­tion if they com­mit crimes in a coun­try that is a mem­ber, such as Afghanistan.

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