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US must respect Afghanistan's sovereignty over prisoners' release: Karzai

14 February, 2014

ANKARA: Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said that the the United States must stop harassing his country's judicial authority and respect Afghanistan's sovereignty over its release of prisoners.

Addressing a joint press conference alongwith Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Turkish President Abdullah Gul, the Afghan President said that the issue of Bagram Jail had been quite controversial between Afghanistan and USA, and was a serious violation of Afghan regulations. "We ask America to respect Afghanistan's sovereignty", he stressed.

"We raised the issue of handing over the jail facility back to afghan government during 2005-2006, and finally my government gained the control", he said.

He further deliberated that America insisted on avoiding court appearances for prisoners, over the excuse that they were war prisoners; "a joint mechanism was evolved, in which a joint board evaluated all prisoners , out of whom all innocent ones were released" , he disclosed, adding that Afghan investigations further probed their cases , over American objections .

"88 of these prisoners were never indicted, 27 were cleared during initial investigations, while 19 have been indicted over serious crimes", he stated.


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