Afghanistan frees hundreds of Bagram prisoners

KABUL: (MEP) – Afghan authorities have released more than 650 prisoners months after the US forces handed over the notorious Bagram prison to the Kabul government.

Abdul Shakoor Dadras, a member of the Criminal Cases Review Commission said on Monday that the prisoners were acquitted after Afghan judicial authorities found no evidence of their involvement in militancy.

Last year, Washington and Kabul signed a deal under which the US consented to give control of the Bagram Detention Center in the northeastern province of Parwan to Afghan forces.

In November 2012, Afghan President Hamid Karzai ordered Afghan forces to take control of the prison and accused US officials of failing to fully comply with the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding on Detentions.

Karzai has often accused the US of acting in cahoots with the Taliban to justify the presence of foreign troops in the war-torn country, APA reports quoting Press TV.

Kabul authorities had warned that imprisoning Afghan citizens without trial violated the country’s constitution and international human rights conventions.

The International Committee of the Red Cross in May 2010 confirmed reports on the existence of a secret detention facility at the Bagram Airbase, located 11 kilometers (7 miles) southeast of the city of Charikar in Afghanistan’s Parwan Province.

Human rights groups had said that Bagram detainees were menaced, forced to strip naked and kept in solitary confinement in windowless cells.

The United States and its allies entered the war in Afghanistan in October 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but after 12 years, the foreign troops have still not been able to establish security in the country.

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