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Most detainees held in U.S. run prison innocent: Afghan gov't

English.news.cn   2014-01-11 17:51:27            

KABUL, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- The government of Afghanistan has said that majority of the inmates languishing in Bagram detention center 50 km north of Afghan capital Kabul are innocent and only 16 of them could be charged, a statement of Presidential Palace said on Saturday.

"There are incriminating evidences against only 16 prisoners out of 88 inmates held in Bagram detention center," the statement added.

The statement described majority of the inmates as innocent, while the United States dubbed them "dangerous criminals" who had been involved in terrorist activities including killing security personnel and civilians.

According to the statement of Presidential Palace, Rahmatullah Nabil, the head of National Directorate of Security (NDS) or the country's intelligence agency, in his report presented to the Justice and Judiciary meeting presided over by President Hamid Karzai in Presidential Palace on Thursday, said that 45 detainees are innocent because no evidence has been found to prove their involvement in subversive activities.

The report presented by NDS chief Nabil said "45 of the prisoners are those who have no cases against them and charges have been leveled against them, while 27 others facing minor charges," the statement further said.

The Afghan government had set free 650 prisoners from Bagram detention centers days ago, prompting Washington to criticize the decision as a violation of the agreement between the two sides when the United States turned the Bagram prison to Afghan government in March 2013.


Editor: Fu Peng
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