Afghanistan Demands Immediate Control of US Prison

Posted February 9th, 2012 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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Afghanistan's government is again demanding that control of a U.S. – run prison be immediately transferred to Afghan authorities.

During Thursday's meeting chaired by President Hamid Karzai, senior judicial officials ordered a commission to implement the full transfer of the U.S. detention center near Bagram Air Base within one month — by March 9.

President Karzai last month called for the transfer to occur by February 5. His office said Thursday that close to 600 inmates were either released or transferred to Afghan authorities, but the handover of the facility has yet to take place.

Last month, an investigative commission appointed by Mr. Karzai accused the United States of abusing and torturing Afghans held at the prison, located north of the capital, Kabul. U.S. authorities said they would investigate the claims.