“NATO allies lobbied Afghan’s president for a separate legal framework to handle prisoners captured around Kandahar in late 2006 but those efforts went “nowhere,” internal Canadian government memos say.
The records outline an early strategy of the Canadian government as it faced pressure from the International Red Cross and others to take more responsibility for captured Taliban fighters.
…uncensored documents shown to The Canadian Press by two confidential sources suggest Ottawa was in fact pressing for an arrangement to remove responsibility for prisoners from Afghanistan’s notorious intelligence service and give it to the country’s Ministry of Defence.
The idea was to let the fledgling Afghan army operate a detention facility built by the U.S. rather than rely on either the National Directorate of Security or the country’s shaky correctional system.
The proposal included a request that Afghanistan create a separate legal framework for terror suspects, similar to the U.S. system of military tribunals."
2010-03-13 15:57:17 UTC