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  US wants hand over of Taleban ministers
Updated 09 January 2002, 07.20

The head of the US military, General Richard Myers, wants the Afghan government to hand over three important members of the Taleban who have surrendered in Kandahar.

The men were ministers for justice, defence and industry.

Harsh rules


One of them, one-eyed Mullah Nuruddin Turabi, is known for forcing men to grow beards and not allowing women and girls to work or go to school, as part of the Taleban's harsh rules.

General Myers says he wants them arrested and handed over because they are so senior and may have important information about the al-Qaeda network.

But Khalid Pashtoon, spokesman for Kandahar Governor Gul Agha, says that Taleban who give themselves up would not be treated as criminals until an Afghan accuses them of a crime, so the men are being kept under guard in their homes.

But he added the Taleban leader Mullah Omar would not be treated like this, although there is still no sign of him or Osama Bin Laden.


 
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