2017-05-18

Tajikistan seeks extradition of 5 nationals from Afghan prison

Staff Report

DUSHANBE -- Tajikistan is seeking the extradition from Afghanistan of three Tajik women and two of their children, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)'s Tajik service reported Wednesday (May 17).

The five Tajik nationals are in a Kabul prison after the women's insurgent husbands were killed in combat in northern Afghanistan in 2016. Afghan authorities arrested the widows as members of the "Islamic State" (IS) and of the Taliban.

Relatives of the detained women asked the Afghan embassy in Dushanbe to extradite the women, citing their concern over Afghan prison conditions, a source in Tajik law enforcement told RFE/RL Tuesday (May 16).

The Tajiks may be extradited only with their consent, which so far they have withheld, a source at the Afghan Foreign Ministry told RFE/RL Tuesday.

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