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Afghan inmates 'tortured, abused' at US-run prison

Kabul, Sun, 08 Jan 2012 ANI

Kabul, Jan 8 (ANI): The US Army has been accused of abusing and torturing Afghans held at a prison near Kabul.


Afghanistan investigators revealed that many inmates were held without evidence at Bagram prison, officially known as the Parwan Detention Center that holds 3,000 detainees, including terror suspects.


The findings come days after Afghan President Hamid Karzai called for the facility at Bagram air base to be handed over to Afghan control within a month, The BBC reports.


The head of the commission investigating abuse accusations, Gul Rahman Qazi, said prisoners had complained of abuse including beatings, humiliating body searches and being exposed to extreme cold.


"During our visit to Bagram some of the prisoners talked of misconduct, some alleged they had been tortured," he said.


Qazi cited the case of 71-year-old Abdul Jabar, who said he had been held in a pitch-black room and lost a tooth after being punched.


"There was no evidence of torture on prisoners' bodies, but they claimed that they had been tortured," Qazi said.


Meanwhile, the US, which was surprised over the findings, has said that it will examine the claims.


"We take seriously and investigate all allegations of detainee abuse," a spokesman for the US embassy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, said. (ANI)


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