Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Karzai in Taliban suspects review

President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai has ordered a review of jailed Taliban suspects

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has ordered a review of the cases of all Taliban suspects being held in Afghan jails and said those being detained on doubtful evidence must be released.

President Karzai's decree was his first official response to a national conference last week on ways to end his country's nearly nine-year-old insurgency.

The conference recommended that all militant suspects being held in Afghan jails and who are in US military custody be released if allegations against them are unsubstantiated.

Karzai ordered a delegation of justice ministry and judicial officials to identify prisoners "who are in jails with not enough evidence" and to arrange for their release.