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Lawyer slates Camp Bastion 'secret UK detention facility'

By James Barnes

29 May 2013 at 11:21 BST

A lawyer representing eight of the 85 Afghan nationals held at Camp Bastion has slammed the 'secret facility' and compared it to the US detention camp in Guantanamo Bay.

Detention facility: lawyer speaks out

Documents obtained by the BBC revealed that the confinement of the 85 men could amount to unlawful detention and internment, although the Ministry of Defence has contended that detentions in Afghanistan were legal under UN mandate.
Phil Shiner of Birmingham-based Public Interest Lawyers, who is representing eight of the men, said: ‘This is a secret facility that's been used to unlawfully detain or intern up to 85 Afghans that they've kept secret, that Parliament doesn't know about, that courts previously when they have interrogated issues like detention and internment in Afghanistan have never been told about - completely off the radar.’


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