May 15, 2014 (Reuters)
U.S. authorities have quietly released 10 Pakistani detainees from Bagram Prison in Afghanistan, lawyers said on Thursday, after the men had spent years in prison without trial. One had been held for 10 years after being captured by British forces in Iraq and transferred to Afghanistan, said legal charity Reprieve. U.S. authorities say that the detentions are necessary to keep potentially dangerous men off the battlefield. It was not immediately clear where the 10 released men had been taken.
Foreign prisoners at Bagram, sometimes dubbed "Afghanistan's Guantanamo Bay", face review boards staffed by U.S. military officers but are not allowed to know all evidence against them or be represented by a lawyer of their choice. The boards evaluate the evidence and whether the detainees might pose a future threat to U.S. forces.