American Jailed for Torturing Detainees Is Freed by Afghans

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Monday, May 1, 2006

KABUL, Afghanistan, April 30 -- An American jailed in Afghanistan on charges of torturing terrorism suspects in a makeshift jail was freed Sunday, two months before his two-year sentence ended, and whisked out of the country under heavy U.S. security.

Edward Caraballo, 44, a television cameraman from New York, was one of three Americans jailed after Afghan authorities discovered in July 2004 a squalid house in downtown Kabul containing eight detained Afghans who complained of being tortured at the hands of their captors.

Caraballo maintains the U.S. government authorized the jail, which was run by a former soldier, Jonathan Idema, and Brent Bennett. U.S. authorities have repeatedly denied the claims.

Also Sunday, Taliban militants killed an Indian hostage after he tried to escape and dumped his beheaded body in southern Afghanistan. Three Afghan soldiers were killed in a roadside bombing also blamed on the Taliban.

The body and head of K. Suryanarayana, a telecommunications engineer, were found in a field near a highway in the remote Hassan Kariez district of Zabol province where he was abducted Friday, the provincial police chief said.

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