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US allies urged to end illegal detentions in Afganistan

The Afghan government has called on the US-led foreign forces to stop the illegal detention of locals in various parts of the war-ravaged country.

Afghanistan’s Defense Ministry demanded in a statement on Monday that the US-led forces must hand over all detainees to the Kabul government.

Several senior Afghan officials have stressed that no foreign country is allowed to run secret prisons inside their military camps.

They say no foreign country has the right to run detention centers inside Afghanistan and that the detaining of Afghan citizens by foreign troops is against the country’s sovereignty.

Afghan government has recently revealed that British forces are holding 90 Afghans prisoners in Camp Bastion – a military base located in the volatile southern Helmand Province.

Press TV

The illegal detentions were made during military operations. British forces in Afghanistan are normally allowed to detain suspects for four days.

The detainees’ lawyers said they have been held in custody without charge for up to 14 months, which amounts to unlawful detention and internment. Lawyers say the case is against international law and the British constitution.

Last week, General Zahir Azimi, a spokesman for the Afghan Defense Ministry, also criticized the detentions as “illegal” and “inhuman.”

“The prisoners must be handed over to the Afghan authorities,” he said, adding, “After their handover to us, they will be dealt with according to our judicial laws, and the agreements reached with the international community.”

British forces have been based in Helmand Province since the US-led war in Afghanistan began in 2001. Some 9,000 British troops are currently stationed in the war-ravaged country.

On Sunday, Afghan President Hamid Karzai set a two-week deadline for the British military to hand over all the Afghan prisoners.

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