News / Asia

Afghan Officials Say No Decision Yet on Bagram Detainees

An Afghan detainee is seen through iron mesh inside the Parwan detention facility near Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. March 23, 2011 (AP file photograph)
An Afghan detainee is seen through iron mesh inside the Parwan detention facility near Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. March 23, 2011 (AP file photograph)
Ibrahim Nasar
A senior official in Afghanistan says Kabul is reviewing evidence against 88 detainees in custody at the Bagram detention center and whose fate has become a source of tension between the United States and Afghanistan.
 
The Obama administration wants the prisoners to remain detained there under Afghan authority, because it considers many of them dangerous.  However the Afghan commission tasked to review their cases has decided to release them if not enough evidence is offered to hold them.
 
Local and international media recently reported they will be set free soon.
 
But in an interview with VOA TV Ashna, a member of the commission, Abdul Shukoor Dadras said the detainee’s future has yet to be settled.

According to Dadras, the commission has reviewed the files provided by U.S. authorities on the detainees, and is now waiting for Afghan authorities to provide evidence that will determine whether they remain in custody or are released.  
 
U.S. officials say some of the prisoners were involved in attacks on U.S. and Afghan forces and it says their release would be a threat to Afghan and U.S. security. 
 
Warnings from Congress
 
Meanwhile three senior members of the U.S. congress are warning that any release of the detainees could damage U.S. – Afghan ties. 
 
At a press conference following a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, one of the three, Senator Lindsey Graham said any release would also violate an agreement signed between the two countries on the transfer of detainees.  
 
“There is much evidence to suggest a wrongdoing," Graham said. "Over 60 coalition forces have been killed as a result of actions by these 88 and 57 Afghans have been killed by the actions of these 88.  If this release goes forward, it would be undercutting the Afghan rule of law. It would be a major step backward and it would have an unbelievably negative impact on the future relationship between the American people and the Afghan government."
 
Karzai has ordered his country’s secret services to provide any evidence it has on the detainees.
 
But Dadras told VOA that the commission is still waiting for the National Directorate of Security’s response and any evidence it might have on them. 
 
Dadras rejected reports that Karzai had personally asked for the release of the detainees, saying the president had only stressed that  “inmates with no crimes must not stay in detention, and those with criminal records must not get out.”

You May Like

Video British Fighters on Frontline of ISIS Information War

It’s estimated that several hundred British citizens are fighting for Islamic State alongside other foreign jihadists More

Pakistan's Political Turmoil Again Shines Spotlight on Military

Thousands of protesters calling for PM Sharif to step down continue protests in front of parliament, as critics fear political impasse could spur another military coup More

Photogallery Ebola Quarantines Spark Anxiety in Liberian Capital

Food prices rise sharply as residents attempting purchases clash with security forces, leaving one person dead More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Native Bees May Help Save Cropsi
X
Deborah Block
August 22, 2014 12:23 AM
U.S. President Barack Obama has called for a federal strategy to promote the health of bees that have been declining. The honeybee has been waning due to parasites, disease and pesticides. Wild bees may be used to take over their role as crop pollinators. Scientists first need to learn a lot more about wild bees, says biologist Sam Droege, who is pioneering the first national inventory on native bees. VOA’s Deborah Block went to his research laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, to bring you more.
Video

Video Native Bees May Help Save Crops

U.S. President Barack Obama has called for a federal strategy to promote the health of bees that have been declining. The honeybee has been waning due to parasites, disease and pesticides. Wild bees may be used to take over their role as crop pollinators. Scientists first need to learn a lot more about wild bees, says biologist Sam Droege, who is pioneering the first national inventory on native bees. VOA’s Deborah Block went to his research laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, to bring you more.
Video

Video US Defense Officials Plan for Long-Term Strategy to Contain Islamic State

U.S. defense officials say American air strikes in Iraq have helped deter Islamic State militants for the time being, but that a broad international effort is needed to defeat the extremists permanently. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Thursday that the group formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, is better organized, and financially and militarily stronger than any other known terrorist group. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video Drug-Resistant Malaria Spreads in Southeast Asia

On Thailand’s border with Myanmar, also known as Burma, a malaria research and treatment clinic is stepping up efforts to eliminate a drug-resistant form of the parasite - before it spreads abroad. Steve Sandford reports from Mae Sot, Thailand.
Video

Video Gaza Conflict, Hamas Popularity Challenge Abbas

The Palestinian unity government of Mahmoud Abbas has failed to convince Hamas to agree to Egyptian-negotiated terms with Israel on a Gaza cease-fire. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports on what the Gaza conflict means for President Abbas, with whom U.S. officials have worked for years on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Video

Video Nigeria's 'Nollywood' Movie Industry Rolls in High Gear

Twenty years after its birth in a video shop in Lagos, Nigeria's "Nollywood" is one of the most prolific film industries on earth. Despite low budgets and whirlwind production schedules, Nigerian films are wildly popular in Africa and industry professionals say they hope, in the future, their films will be as great in quality as they are in quantity. Heather Murdock has more for VOA from Lagos.
Video

Video UN Launches 'Biggest Aid Operation in 30 Years' in Iraq

The United Nations has launched what it describes as one of the biggest aid operations in 30 years in northern Iraq, as hundreds of thousands of refugees flee the extremist Sunni militant group calling itself the Islamic State. As Kurdish and Iraqi forces battle the Sunni insurgents, the fighting has forced more people to flee their homes. Kurdish authorities say the international community must act now to avert a humanitarian catastrophe. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video Cambodian American Hip Hop Artist Sings of Personal Struggles

A growing underground movement of Cambodian American hip hop artists is rapping about the struggles of living in urban America. Most, if not all of them, are refugees or children of refugees who came to the United States from Cambodia to escape the Khmer Rouge genocide of the 1970s. Through their music, the artists hope to give voice to immigrants who have been struggling quietly for years. Elizabeth Lee reports from Long Beach, California.
Video

Video African Media Tries to Educate Public About Ebola

While the Ebola epidemic continues to claim lives in West Africa, information technology specialists, together with radio and TV reporters, are battling misinformation and prejudice about the disease - using social media to educate the public about the deadly virus. VOA’s George Putic has more.

AppleAndroid