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Karzai demands handover of prisoners held by British forces

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Afghan jailAfghan president Hamid Karzai urged United Kingdom to transfer around 80 prisoners kept by British forces to Afghanistan within the next two weeks.

Karzai also called the detention of the prisoners against the law and violation of the national sovereignty of Afghanistan.

Up to 85 Afghan nationals have been detained by British forces and are being kept illegally in a holding facility at Camp Bastion in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan.

According to the UK lawyers the detainees had been held for up to 14 months without charge and urged High Court to free the men.

In the meantime Aimal Faizi, spokesman for president Hamid Karzai said, Rangin Dadfar Spanta national security advisor to president Karzai met with the British embassy officials in Kabul after he was instructed by president Karzai to strictly follow the transfer of detainees to Afghanistan.

However the outcome of the meeting between Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta and the British embassy officials in Kabul is yet not clear.

This comes as British defense minister Philip Hammond last week said that Afghan detainees being held by British forces will be handed back to Afghan authorities.

ammond said, “We have been working to identify a safe transfer route to Afghan custody and I am pleased that this work has come to fruition.”

British defense minister Philip Hammond last year imposed a ban on transfer of suspected militants to Afghan security forces following reports of mistreatment by Afghan forces.

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