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3 From U.S. in Afghan Court, Accused of Running a Jail

The three Americans who were arrested by the Afghan police on July 5 on suspicion of operating an illegal jail in Kabul appeared in court here on Sunday and, at a preliminary hearing, were also charged with robbing, beating and torturing their detainees. The three men, wearing plain clothes and United States Army combat boots, said they were Jack Idema, a former member of the American special forces; Edward Caraballo, a journalist; and Brent Bennett, who gave no profession. Mr. Idema said he intended to call high-level Afghan officials, generals, corps commanders and ambassadors in his defense and said he had been working with Afghan and American forces, contentions that Afghan and American officials have denied.Full Story

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