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Afghanistan: ICRC repatriates former Bagram detainee to Iran

14-06-2006 News Release 06/61

Geneva (ICRC) – An Iranian detainee previously held at the US-run internment facility at Bagram airfield in Afghanistan was repatriated to Tehran last night under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The detainee had been released from the facility on Tuesday. This was the fourth such repatriation of Iranian nationals from Afghanistan by the ICRC.

The detainee was accompanied by two ICRC delegates and flown home on board an ICRC aircraft.

Acting in its capacity as a neutral intermediary and in accordance with its mandate, the ICRC facilitated the repatriation of the released detainee at the request of the American, Afghan and Iranian authorities.

In accordance with standard procedures, ICRC delegates visited the detainee before the operation to ensure he was returning home of his own free will.

The ICRC has been visiting people held at the US-run Bagram “Theater Internment Facility” since January 2002. Since then the ICRC has helped 405 detainees return home following their release, most of them Afghans. In 2006, the ICRC has facilitated the exchange of over 2,100 Red Cross messages between detainees in Bagram and their families.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Karin Hofmann, ICRC Kabul, tel. +93 70 279 070  

 Reto Stocker, ICRC Kabul, tel. +93 70 275 027  

 Vincent Lusser, ICRC Geneva, tel. +41 79 217 32 64