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18 I ORLD NEWSW Passion Islam I February 2010
Nato, Kabul
agree on
Bagram prison
handover
Nato is to hand over control of the
prison at Bagram airbase near
Kabul to Afghan authorities, the
country’s defence ministry said
following criticism of the facility by
Europol gets new
human rights groups.
An agreement on the handover
was signed between the Afghan
government and Nato’s International
law to fight terrorism
Security Assistance Force, the
ministry said. “This is an important
step towards the extension of
The Eurropean Law Enforcement new EU Lisbon Treaty.
Afghan national sovereignty,” the
Agency, Europol, announced that it has Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol,
ministry said. It added that the date
now acquired a stronger mandate and said “this is a time of great opportunity
for the handover had still to be
new capabilities to fight international for Europol and police cooperation
agreed.
crime and terrorism. Under a reform of in the EU.” “We will use this period of
The detention centre at Bagram
its legal framework, which establishes reform to our mandate and capabilities,
is a new facility officially named the
Europol as a formal EU Agency for the and the opportunities afforded by the
Parwan Detention Centre after the
first time in its 15-year history, Europol Lisbon Treaty, to establish Europol
province where it is located. It was
now benefits from increased powers as the criminal information hub and
opened in November to replace the
to collect criminal information and a principal operational support centre in
previous Bagram prison, which held
wider field of competence in supporting the EU,” he added.
some 650 “enemy combatants”.
investigations of serious offences, it Europol uses its information
Human rights campaigners have
said in a statement. capabilities and expertise from over 600
criticised a facility that they say,
Europol is based in the Hague, officials to support national authorities in
while new, fails to comply with
the Netherlands. The emergence of a EU Member States in conducting almost
international norms as some
stronger Europol as a full EU agency 10,000 cross-border investigations
inmates are victims of arbitrary
coincided with implementation of the each year.
detention.
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