Red Cross confirms ‘secret jail’ in Bagram, Afghanistan

May 11, 2010 03:43

The US airbase at Bagram in Afghanistan contains a facility for detainees that is distinct from its main prison, the Red Cross has confirmed to the BBC.

By Hilary Andersson BBC News

Nine former prisoners have told the BBC that they were held in a separate building, and subjected to abuse.

The US military says the main prison, now called the Detention Facility in Parwan, is the only detention facility on the base.

However it has said it will look into the abuse allegations made to the BBC.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said that since August 2009 US authorities have been notifying it of names of detained people in a separate facility at Bagram.

The ICRC was responding to a question from the BBC about the existence of the facility, which many former prisoners refer to as the “Tor Jail” which translates as the “black jail”.

‘Sleep deprivation’

In recent weeks the BBC has logged the testimonies of nine prisoners who say they were held there.


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