3 Americans Sentenced for Afghan Prison Torture
Before discussing the trial and sentence of the three Americans convicted of running a private jail in Afghanistan and torturing prisoners, I'd like to recognize the dedicated work of New York defense lawyer, Bob Fogelnest, a good friend of mine. I wrote about him in April when he started a weblog Mullah Bob, about his journey to Afghanistan to mentor and supervise six Afghan criminal defense lawyers and participate in training programs designed to help improve the quality of justice and bring the Rule of Law to war-torn Afghanistan. This was supposed to be a two month venture, which he did without pay, receiving only expenses.
Bob ended up defending one of the three Americans charged with torturing Afghan prisoners. The men were found guilty and yesterday the Judge sentenced two of them to ten years in prison and one to eight years. Bob's client was Edward Carbarallo, a New York Journalist invited to Afghanistan to make a documentary on America's war on terror.
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