Wednesday, December 21, 2005
AFP: Secret Afghan prisons exposed - Dec. 21
KABUL (AFP) -'s main rights group demanded the United States come clean about reported secret detention centres in the country while an Afghan official played down the existence of such facilities.
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, left, was asked about the allegations at a media briefing in Kabul Wednesday with President Hamid Karzai, right, who, after translating the question for him, said: "I am sure you don't have them, say you don't have them."
"If I had, then they would be secret," Rumsfeld replied.
New York-based Human Rights Watch, citing inmates as sources, said in a report this week that the United States operated a secret prison near the capital Kabul where detainees were abused and tortured as recently as 2004.
The watchdog's Asia research director Sam Zarifi told AFP at the weekend that US forces were indefinitely detaining and mistreating people without charge at various undisclosed bases around the country.
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