By Josh Smith
Copyright 2014 Stars and Stripes
KABUL — American military leaders in Afghanistan on Monday accused the Afghan government of flouting the judicial process to free dozens of prisoners considered by the U.S. to be “legitimate threats to security.”
In a statement released by U.S. Forces–Afghanistan, officials said they have learned that 37 of 88 disputed detainees being held by the Afghans are scheduled to be released soon.
The last detention facility under U.S. control in Afghanistan, a prison in Parwan province was officially handed over to the Afghans last March, after delays caused by American fears that high-value prisoners could be released, and concerns by human rights organizations that detainees could face abuse at the hands of Afghan guards. The continued U.S. involvement in the detainee system became a source of tension between the U.S. and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
The fate of the prisoners slated to be released is one of several points of friction as Kabul and Washington negotiate the future of foreign troops in the country.