BATAVIA, N.Y. – Three Afghan military officers who sought refuge in Canada after skipping out on a military training exercise in Massachusetts say they were fleeing Taliban violence but now face the wrath of their own government as well.
In interviews today inside the federal detention centre outside Buffalo, N.Y., where they are being held, the three said they fear they would be killed or imprisoned and tortured if they are returned to Afghanistan.
The three were detained by Canadian border officers on Sept. 22 at the Rainbow Bridge connecting the United States and Canada at Niagara Falls.
They were turned over to U.S. authorities, who began removal proceedings.
At their initial court appearance Wednesday, their attorney, Matthew Borowski, was granted a postponement until Oct. 8.