Embassy Statements 2014

U.S. Embassy Statement on the Release of Dangerous Detainees

February 13, 2014

The Government of Afghanistan’s decision to release 65 detainees from the Parwan Detention Center is deeply regrettable.  Among those released today are individuals who are responsible for, or contributed to, the deaths of Afghan security force personnel, Afghan civilians, and American and other coalition personnel.   The evidence linking these individuals to serious crimes warrants careful consideration by a prosecutor and, potentially, indictments and prosecutions in Afghan courts under Afghan law.  We requested a thorough review of each case.  Instead, the evidence against them was never seriously considered.  

Releasing these individuals is contrary to Afghanistan’s commitment in our 2012 Memorandum of Understanding to take all necessary steps to ensure that detainees do not pose a continuing threat to Afghanistan, the international community or the United States. 

The Afghan government bears responsibility for the results of its decision.   We urge it to make every effort to ensure that those released do not commit new acts of violence and terror, and to immediately bring to justice any who do so.

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