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CIA ‘violated human rights’ - Afghan president

BBC

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has said the CIA’s brutal interrogation programme “violated all accepted norms of human rights in the world”.

He is among many world leaders condemning how the agency imprisoned and questioned al-Qaeda suspects.

A US Senate report on the programme has said the harsh methods did not lead to unique intelligence that foiled plots.

The report also concluded the agency misled politicians and public about the 2001-2007 programme.

The CIA has defended its actions in the years after the 9/11 attacks on the US, saying they saved lives.

And President Barack Obama has said it was now time to move on, despite acknowledging some of the CIA’s actions amounted to torture.

None of the countries where the prisons were located has been identified in the report, but several countries suspected to have hosted sites reacted strongly to the publication.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks to journalists in Kabul, Afghanistan, 10 December 2014

Ashraf Ghani said there was “no justification for such acts”

In a press conference on Wednesday, Mr Ghani, who became president in September, called the report “shocking”.

“There is no justification for such acts and human torturing in the world.”

He vowed to investigate how many Afghans had suffered abuse at US detention centres.

On Wednesday, US military officials said the final prisoners had left Parwan Detention Center at the Bagram air base, bringing to an end the US operation of any prisons in the country after more than a decade of war.

Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Myles Caggins told the BBC that all prisoners held at Bagram had now been either transferred to Afghan custody or repatriated.

He said the Kabul government would now be responsible for all detentions in Afghanistan.

Bagram is one of the sites identified this week in the US Senate report.

Meanwhile, Poland’s former president has publicly acknowledged for the first time his country hosted a secret CIA prison.

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