Kabul releases first Taliban suspects after jirga deal

Fourteen suspected Taliban prisoners have been released from Afghan jails since having their cases re-examined as part of a peace deal that seeks to win over insurgent foot soldiers, an official said on Monday.

Last Updated: Jun 21, 2010, 13:25 PM IST

Kabul: Fourteen suspected Taliban prisoners have been released from Afghan jails since having their cases re-examined as part of a peace deal that seeks to win over insurgent foot soldiers, an official said on Monday.

Twelve prisoners were freed from US detention in Bagram while two would-be suicide bombers were released from Afghan custody, said the official, who is also a deputy attorney general.

Their release comes after a peace "jirga," or gathering, of Afghan tribal leaders and other notables earlier this month approved a plan by President Hamid Karzai to try to seek a peace deal with moderate elements of the Taliban, who have waged an insurgency since being overthrown in 2001.
Among other things, the plan called for the cases of all Taliban suspects to be re-examined, with allegations that many were imprisoned on false charges or by flimsy evidence.

Bureau Report