President Karzai: Take Every Required and Urgent Action for the Full Afghanization of Bagram Prison Affairs and its Complete Transfer of Authority


November 18, 2012 - On Sunday late afternoon, President Hamid Karzai chaired a meeting with judicial and law enforcement officials to discuss matters concerning the full transfer, to Afghan government, of Bagram Prison authority and the future of its prisoners.

The meeting was held after the completion of the two-month timeline that President Karzai had agreed with at the proposal of US President for the full transfer of the prison.

The meeting began by hearing reports by the Attorney General and the Military Police Commander, where it said that even prisoners who were presumed innocent by the court are still being held. In addition, there are people who, against the provisions of the MoU already signed, are newly imprisoned by the American forces.

Calling the status quo a serious breach of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between Afghanistan and the United States, the President assigned the Minister of Defense, the Attorney General, and the chief Commander of Bagram Prison to take all required and urgent measures to ensure a full Afghanization of the prison affairs and a complete transfer of its authority.

President Karzai further instructed the officials to put into action every practical measure for the enforcement of Afghanistan laws and implementation of the MoU on Bagram Prison Transfer and to report back to the President.