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23 August, 2004 - Published 12:24 GMT
US soldier faces charges in Kabul
A former US soldier is facing charges in Kabul of torture and running a private jail, along with 2 other Americans. Jack Idema has said he has not had full access to the evidence he needs to defend himself. This report from Andrew North:
At the last hearing a week ago, Jack Idema said videos, photos and documents that had apparently been in FBI hands since his arrest, will prove he was hunting terrorists in Afghanistan with Washington's approval.
The trial judge adjourned the case till today so this evidence could be reviewed. And some video footage which appears to show Idema interrogating an Afghan was shown in the opening hours of this hearing. But Idema said they'd only had very restricted access to the evidence and the lawyer representing another of the arrested Americans, Edward Caraballo, said the FBI had interfered with it before turning it over.
Caraballo himself arrived in court using a crutch. He showed his feet to journalists which were badly bruised. Idema said all three men had been beaten regularly while in Afghan custody. However, the prosecutor dismissed this and said Caraballo had sustained his injuries because he'd slipped. In his opening remarks, the judge said he's hoping to conclude the case at this hearing.
Andrew North, BBC, Kabul
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sustained his injuries