October 21, 2014

Afghanistan oppose UK’s decision on prisoners transfer

By Sajad - Fri Nov 30 2012, 8:24 pm

The government of Afghanistan oppose British officials argument to prevent handing over prisoners to Afghan security forces as they are being tortured in Afghan jails.

A spokesman for Afghan president Hamid Karzai Aimal Faizai confirmed issues in Afghan jails and judiciary institutions however he said that the argument by British officials should not prevent transfer of prisoners to Afghan government.

According to reports British Defense Minister in a letter to the appeal court has urged to halt prisoners transfer to Afghan jails.

The transition process of prisoners transfer is conducted by the British appeal court in London.

Philip Hammond on Thursday halted plans to hand suspected insurgents captured by British troops to Afghan security forces on the grounds they risked being abused and tortured.

The defence secretary’s lawyers told the high court that secret new information had persuaded him to abandon the transfers despite claims by British officials that the situation in Afghan jails had improved.

British commanders wanted to hand the detainees to the Afghan jail in Lashkar Gah, Helmand’s provincial capital, the court heard. From there they could be sent to other Afghan prisons.

However Aimal Faizi said the government of Afghanistan will also strictly follow and resolve issues regarding the Bagram prison.

He said Afghan president Hamid Karzai on Thursday sent a letter to his US counterpart Barack Obama in this regard.

Afghan president Palace earlier this month announced the term for the transfer of prisoners from Bagram prison to Afghan jails was over. In the meantime, transfer of Bagram prison and prisoners to Afghan security forces was one of the main conditions of the Afghan government to sign a long term strategic cooperation agreement between the two nations.

Around 3,000 prisoners were transferred to Afghan jails after Kabul and Washington signed a Memorandum of Understanding however recent objections by Afghan officials shows that the responsibility of Bagram prison has not been completely transferred to Afghan security forces yet.

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