Rioting resumes at Afghanistan prison as negotiations fail

[JURIST] One inmate was killed and three others wounded Tuesday as Afghan police fired on rioters trying to push down a gate at a Kabul prison, ending a day-long truce [JURIST report] at the tense facility. Negotiations between the parties broke down Tuesday, prompting renewed rioting among inmates at Policharki prison [AP report; IWPR backgrounder; also "Pul-e-Charkhi"]. Police have blamed the riots on about 350 Taliban and al Qaeda detainees at the facility, while a purported spokesman for the prisoners, Maqsodi, said that the prisoners had refused to move to a new wing of the prison that they said was in no better condition than the previous one.

Rioting erupted [JURIST report] on Saturday after prisoners refused to wear new uniforms ordered after seven inmates escaped by posing as visitors to the prison. By Monday, four inmates had been killed and another 38 were wounded in a tense standoff with authorities. The prisoners have demanded retrials for all being held, many of whom have argued they are innocent. AP has more.

 

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