Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

Afghans question prisoner releases amid violent fighting season

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Stars and Stripes, 12 September 2014

AAN’s Kate Clark is quoted here on the many ways one can be arrested – and released – as a ‘terrorist’ in Afghanistan:

“There are ways to release people if you’ve got money or influence. That’s always been the case,” said Kate Clark, a researcher with the Afghanistan Analysts Network. “I think what’s different this year is Afghans are also in charge of fighting the insurgency. When the international forces were in charge of the fighting, no one was too much concerned, but now it’s become much more urgent, much more important.”

[…] As a result, legitimate suspects with connections often win early release while the innocent who lack resources languish, Clark said.

“If you’ve got money, if you’ve got influence, whether or not you’re innocent, you can usually find your way out,” she said.