Karzai Demands Transfer of Bagram Prison to Afghan Control

Posted January 5th, 2012 at 3:35 pm (UTC-5)
Leave a comment

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday demanded that the U.S. detention center at Bagram Air Base be transferred fully to the Afghan government's control within a month.

Mr. Karzai issued the order after a briefing on a report detailing what his office called “many cases of violations of [the] Afghan Constitution and other applicable laws of the country, [and of] the relevant international conventions and human rights.”

The Afghan leader has tasked a high-level commission to oversee the transfer of both the detention center and prisoners held by foreign forces exactly one month from Thursday. He initially had tasked the commission a year ago to complete the transfer of the prison from U.S. control within a year.

In a statement, Mr. Karzai's office said that the full transfer will ensure that “any more breaches of Afghan sovereignty can be avoided.” It is part of the U.S.-led coalition's process to hand full security control in Afghanistan over to the Afghan government by the end of 2014.

The detention facility is located inside the U.S. military base at Bagram, just north of Kabul. It is unclear how many high-value detainees are held at the site.

Also Thursday, NATO said three of its service members were killed in a bomb attack in southern Afghanistan, while joint Afghan-coalition patrols discovered a number of drug and weapons caches across the south.