Karzai warns US over prison handover

2012-09-08 22:00

Kabul - President Hamid Karzai on Saturday warned that a delay in the handover by the US of its biggest military prison in Afghanistan would be considered a "breach of Afghanistan's sovereignty", his office said in a statement.

"Bagram Prison has to be transferred from international forces to Afghan authority on Monday," Karzai was quoted as having said in a meeting with the commander of the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force General John Allen and US Ambassador James Cunningham.

In a statement earlier this week, Karzai said the government would take control of the prison north of Kabul on 10 September. In March the two sides signed a deal that would give control of the prison to Afghan forces within six months.

"The prison is now supposed to be transferred to Afghan government and thus any delay in its handover is considered a breach of the Afghan national sovereignty," Karzai said.

US and Nato officials have not commented on the matter, but US media have reported that Washington is unwilling to hand over the facility, where hundreds of suspected Taliban insurgents are being held.

Former detainees and human rights groups have alleged that Bagram inmates were ill-treated and some kept in solitary confinement.

  • husaberg.twostroke - 2012-09-09 00:51

    Who is this clown to warn the US? If not for the US the Afghanistan will be in a bigger mess than it already is in. Mmmmf they make me laugh.

  • christopher.collings.9 - 2012-09-09 01:47

    Karzai 1 would be wise not to make the same mistake as the taliban & all the other cowardly extremist movements. The US & its allies could level ur rubbish pile of a country in 1 week. If I was you I would hold my tongue.

      steele.oyle - 2012-09-09 08:33

      Did you read the entire article? An agreement was signed to handover the prisons by Monday. The fact that the US could level Afghanistan is not in question. Please read the entire article before commenting. By your warped logic, the agreement is null and void because the US/allies are superior militarily. Maybe you can use your twisted logic when signing contracts with banks, cellphone companies etc.. and just hold your tongue when they tell you to f!!@# off and the hell with the contract.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-09 15:07

      Is there any world problem that right wing conservatives couldn't solve by war!

      joe.mase.7 - 2012-09-10 03:05

      Man you sound like a zionist

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