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Afghanistan: Detainees

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many of those held in detention in Afghanistan had been captured by British armed forces in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement; (301432)

(2) how many people were held in detention by British armed forces in Afghanistan in each month since 2001;

(3) how many of those held in detention by British armed forces in Afghanistan (a) have been handed over to US forces, (b) have been handed over to Afghan security forces, (c) have been released and (d) remain in British custody; and if he will make a statement.

Between July 2006 and 31 October 2009 UK forces detained 739 people. The UK does not transfer detainees to other ISAF nations unless it is required by our Memoranda of Understanding with the Denmark or the Czech Republic, where we hand detainees taken by Danish or Czech forces back to them for transfer to Afghan authorities or release. As of 31 October 2009, the UK held 10 people in detention. We hold capture details relating to a total of a further seven individuals detained by UK forces between 2001 and June 2006.

Detained

Released1

Transferred to Afghan Authorities1

Died in UK medical facilities of wounds sustained on the battle field1

2006

July

4

0

4

0

August

0

0

0

0

September

16

3

13

0

October

1

1

0

0

November

1

1

0

0

December

0

0

0

0

2007

January

6

0

5

1

February

14

13

1

0

March

2

0

2

0

April

11

4

4

3

May

11

11

0

0

June

10

1

9

0

July

38

28

8

2

August

11

2

9

0

September

8

3

5

0

October

13

7

6

0

November

34

25

9

0

December

17

14

2

1

2008

January

12

1

11

0

February

13

3

10

0

March

10

7

3

0

April

15

5

10

0

May

17

1

16

0

June

11

2

9

0

July

36

12

24

0

August

32

13

19

0

September

21

10

10

1

October

22

6

16

0

November

51

22

29

0

December

42

22

20

0

2009

January

19

5

14

0

February

8

5

3

0

March

24

14

10

0

April

9

8

1

0

May

6

0

6

0

June

23

8

15

0

July

28

19

9

0

August

23

17

6

0

September

36

24

12

0

October

84

52

22

0

Total

739

379

352

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1 These columns refer to individuals detained in the month identified. In some cases they may have been released, transferred or died in the following month. It also includes a small number of individuals initially detained by the Danish armed forces who were handed back to Danish forces for release or transfer.