September 18, 2012

Afghanistan Brands US Administration 'Detention Without Trial' Practice in Country 'Illegal'

Afghanistan Sun (ANI) Tuesday 18th September, 2012 | Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai's office has rejected the detention of Afghan citizens by the U.S. administration, saying it runs counter to the country's laws.

The move has potentially thwarted a U.S. plan to continue to hold Afghan detainees without recourse to a trial. and then summarily hand them over to the Afghans.

The president's office said in a statement that the detention of Afghan citizens without a court trial "has not been foreseen in Afghan laws," Fox New reports.

The United States has agreed to hand over all Afghan detainees captured in the country to the national government, but has also argued that it cannot risk the release of some high value detainees to the notoriously corrupt Afghan court system, the report said.

Even though the deadline for the handover has passed, the Americans are still holding more than 600 Afghans, it added.

No comments: