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1970s Afghan death list ends uncertainty for relatives

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 19 September 2013
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September 19, 2013

By RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan

KABUL – The Dutch Embassy in Kabul has released the names of some 5,000 Afghans who were arrested, tortured, executed, or who went missing in the late 1970s.

The list is a result of investigations conducted by the International Crimes Unit of the Netherlands National Police into crimes committed by Afghan authorities in 1978 and 1979.

In a press release issued on September 18, the embassy said the names were compiled from meticulous records kept by the communist regime.

Dutch police began their investigation into the crimes in 2010 after an Afghan immigrant confessed to torturing inmates in detention centers while he was chief of the Interrogation Department of the Afghan Security Service.

The embassy expressed the Dutch government's hope that the list will bring an end to years of uncertainty experienced by the victim's relatives.

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