Stung by the blistering criticism and disparagement following the release of Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) torture report, the U.S. authorities on Thursday closed their last detention facility in Afghanistan, located at the Bagram Air Base.
The U.S. officials also handed over the prisoners lodged in the detention facility to Afghan authorities.
The Bagram detention facility, situated in high-security area of Bagram province on the outskirts of Kabul, was the last U.S. detention facility in Afghanistan under the control of CIA contractors
The facility, which was supposed to be shut down by the end of this year, when the U.S. combat mission comes to an end in Afghanistan, was handed over less than a month before the stipulated date.
The announcement comes days after the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee released a 528-page report, which is a damning indictment of the tactics and techniques used by the Bush administration following the September 11, 2001 attacks.
The report contains gruesome details of how detainees held in secret facilities were subjected to torture, through harsh methods like waterboarding, sleep deprivation, mock executions and threats that their relatives would be sexually abused.
The Bagram detention facility, situated in high-security area of Bagram province on the outskirts of Kabul, was the last U.S. detention facility in Afghanistan
Following the release of Tuesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and National Counterterrorism Center (NCC) issued a bulletin to all U.S. law enforcement officials, warning them of strong retaliation.
The report drew strong criticism from human rights activists and organisations across the globe. “Obviously the follow-up debate I think will be about accountability, about whether or not people can be charged... not just people who carried out the torture, but people who ordered it, people who devised the policy of it,” said Robert MacCorquodale, spokesperson in UN Human Rights Commission.
Addressing a hurriedly convened press conference in Kabul late on Wednesday, President Ghani strongly condemned the “inhumane treatment of Afghans” by some of the officials in Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
He said the treatment meted out to detainees in Guantanamo prison is “purely against human rights and international laws”. However, he said the new government in Kabul will protect the sovereignty of the country and its citizens.
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