Jun 092013
 

Karzai Demands Return of Afghan Detainees from 'Secret' UK Prison

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is demanding the return of nearly 100 Afghan men who are being held in secret, without charges in the country’s UK-run Camp Bastion—a situation with obvious parallels to the United State’s Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility.

“We are living in Afghanistan and we are talking about Afghans detained on Afghan soil and held in Afghanistan. According to our laws this is a breach of sovereignty,” Karzai spokesman Aimal Faizi told the Guardian. “The UK … is another country with its own laws and sovereignty, [which] don’t mean anything here in Afghanistan.”

Their report continues:

This month the defense secretary, Philip Hammond, announced that Kabul and London had agreed safeguards to protect prisoners from torture, and handovers would start after three weeks.

The delay is a requirement to allow for any legal challenges to the decision, and is almost certain to stretch far longer, as lawyers acting for the prisoners have said they will challenge the decision in court.

But Karzai has demanded custody of the prisoners by 22 June.

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