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Thu Sep 6, 2012, 07:31 PM

US plan to hold Afghan prisoners after transfer 'breaches deal with Kabul'

Source: The Guardian

US plan to hold Afghan prisoners after transfer 'breaches deal with Kabul'

Emma Graham-Harrison
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 6 September 2012 19.03 BST

US forces will continue to hold prisoners in Afghanistan even after they transfer their main detention centre to Afghan authorities this week, a report from a rights group said, in a decision likely to anger Kabul officials who believed they had won control of all Afghan detainees.

Afghanistan has also created a system of indefinite detention without trial for some inmates transferred from the US system. Afghan lawyers have warned that this is unconstitutional and sets a dangerous precedent for the country's security forces.

"Administrative detention" is used by US forces when prisoners are deemed a threat but there is not enough evidence for a criminal prosecution. It was needed as grounds to hold some prisoners, Afghan officials said, but may not be limited to those held in the Bagram jail.

"There are some very serious problems about the scope of the (detention)," said Rachel Reid, regional director at Open Society Foundations, which published the Remaking Bagram report.

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Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/sep/06/afghan-prisoners-kabul

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