WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. Forces-Afghanistan and the Department of State condemned Afghanistan's extra-judicial ordered release of dangerous prisoners.
USFOR-A voiced its opposition Monday to the extra-judicial ordered release of 37 of 88 detainees considered "legitimate threats to security."
Shakoor Dadras, head of the Afghan Review Board, ordered the detainees released without consulting investigators or the Afghan justice system.
According to USFOR-A, "This extra-judicial release of detainees is a major step backward in further developing the rule of law in Afghanistan." Invoking a March 2013 Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. and Afghan governments, UFOR-A asserted its right to "dispute the release of these individuals and seek a bilateral exchange of views in all 88 disputed cases."
The ARB is releasing back to society dangerous insurgents who have Afghan blood on their hands. The 37 being released include 17 who are linked to the production of or attacks using improvised explosive devices; three who participated in or had knowledge of direct attacks wounding or killing 11 ANSF members; and four who participated in or had knowledge of direct attacks wounding or killing 42 U.S. or Coalition Force members.
At the State Department Monday, spokesperson Jen Psaki was asked during the daily press briefing what impact the extrajudicial detainee release would have on the U.S.-Afghanistan Bilateral Security Agreement.
"Our view on the BSA continues to be that it is in the interest of the Afghan people, in the interest of the government, in the interest of the United States, our NATO allies, to move forward with signing of a BSA. You are all familiar with the language that is included in a BSA. I’m not predicting nor do we anticipate a change in any of the language, but that doesn’t change our concerns that we’ve expressed in this case about the importance of abiding by rule of law."
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