Canada to see Afghan inmates amid torture claims

Canada has reached an agreement with Afghan officials to check on the status of detainees, Defense Minister Gordon O'Connor said Wednesday, amid allegations they are being tortured after Canadian troops hand them over. O'Connor said Canadian officials will be allowed to enter detention facilities any time they want. The announcement comes two days after a newspaper report that such prisoners were abused led to calls for O'Connor's firing. Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper reported Monday that dozens of detainees said they had been choked, starved and given electric shocks - fueling criticism that Ottawa's deal with Afghanistan for the handover of such prisoners is flawed because it gave Canada no right to check on the condition of the prisoners it detained.