Afghanistan unhappy with UK-run jail

British military vehicles are parked in a compound in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. (file photo)

Senior Afghan officials in Kabul have once again denounced the British-run prison in Helmand Province, saying the detention of Afghans by British forces is unacceptable.

On Wednesday, Afghan presidential spokesperson, Aimal Faizi, said in a statement that the unlawful detention and internment of Afghan nationals is against international law.

The condemnation comes as a two-week deadline has expired for the British armed forces to hand over Afghans in the camp. The deadline was set by Afghan President Hamid Karzai on June 8 after revelations that UK forces were holding over 90 Afghans without trial.

President Karzai and other senior official in Kabul are still waiting for the handover of all Afghan detainees in Camp Bastion to the Afghan government.

The Afghan Defense Ministry has also described the detentions as illegal and inhuman.

“The prisoners must be handed over to the Afghan authorities,” he said. “After their handover to us, they will be dealt with according to our judicial laws, and the agreements reached with the international community,” General Zahir Azimi, a spokesman for the Afghan Defense Ministry, said earlier this month.

However, UK Defense Secretary Philip Hammond has claimed the detainees were involved in the killing of British forces.

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.

The British forces in Afghanistan are normally allowed to detain suspects for four days. However, the detaineesâ„¢ lawyers said they have been held in custody without charge for up to 14 months.

Lawyers say the case is against international law and the British constitution.


This article originally appeared on: Press TV