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    4 Afghans freed from Bagram jail

    PUL-I-ALAM (PAN): Four Afghan prisoners held at the US troops-run Bagram detention facility in central Parwan province were released to authorities in Logar province, an official said on Thursday.

    The four had been arrested on the charges of links with the insurgents. They were released from the Bagram jail after an investigation found they had no role in criminal activities, deputy Logar governor, Shujauddin Shuja, told a ceremony welcoming the released men.

    Fazal Rabbi, one of the released men, said he was arrested 10 months back in Pul-i-Alam, the provincial capital, during a raid on his house by foreign troops.

    He said he was arrested for alleged links to the Taliban while he had no connection with any group.

    He said his interrogators did not beat him, but mentally pressurised during interrogation. "The soldiers would wake me up late in the night and they would switch on radio with a high sound," he said.

    Syed Masroor, brother of a released person, asked foreign soldiers to carry out raids and operations in cooperation with local officials in order to avoid the arrest of an innocent.

    As many as 150 residents of Logar are languishing in the Bagram detention centre on different charges, an Afghan official at the jail said. As many as 100 residents of Logar have so far been released from the centre over the past nine months.

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