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Statement by the NATO Secretary General on Afghan prisoner release

NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

13 Feb. 2014

I am gravely concerned by the decision of the Afghan authorities to release 65 detainees who are alleged to have been involved in killing and wounding Afghan civilians, Afghan security forces, and ISAF forces.

This decision, which appears to have been made based on political calculations and without regard for due process before the Afghan courts, is a major step backwards for the rule of law in Afghanistan, and poses serious security concerns.

The Afghan government has an obligation to uphold the rule of law and to ensure the security of the country. I call on the Afghan authorities to make every effort to ensure that the released detainees do not pose a further threat to the people of Afghanistan and the international forces who are dedicated to building security in Afghanistan.

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