AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL REPORTS THAT HUNDREDS OF INNOCENT PEOPLE MAY HAVE BEEN SOLD TO THE U.S. AS "TERRORISTS"

10/10/06

Pakistan illegally detained innocent people on suspicion of terrorism, secretly imprisoned them, and transferred them to U.S. custody for money, human rights watchdog Amnesty International said Friday (September 29, 2006). President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, in a memoir released days ago, wrote that his government has earned bounties totaling "millions of dollars" from the transfer of terror suspects to U.S. authorities. Amnesty suggested the lure of U.S. government rewards led in many cases to the illegal arrests of people, including women and children, in Pakistan. Pakistan also has its own bounty program that provides money for the capture of suspected terrorists, which the Amnesty report did not take into consideration. Our guest was Amnesty USA's T. Kumar who is AI's Advocacy Director for Asia. He discussed the ransoms, disappearances, secret detentions, the human rights situation in Pakistan and the methods AI used to write its report.

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