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US denies secret Kosovo detention camp

[JURIST] A US military spokesman has said there is no secret detainee camp run by the US in Kosovo, although the US military there does share a well-known detention facility with NATO as part of the latter's KFOR [official website] operation. Major Michael Wunn spoke to AFP after Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Alvaro Gil-Robles [official profile], speaking to French newspaper Le Monde in an interview published Friday [Le Monde article], described seeing detainees held there in "shocking" conditions during a visit to Camp Bondsteel [official website] in 2002. Gil-Robles called the facility a "mini-Guantanamo" and said that he saw four North Africans there as well as Serbs and Kosovars. Major Wunn was quoted as saying the facility, currently empty, was maintained by the US Army "as part of its KFOR responsibilities pursuant to UNSC Resolution 1244. The facility is subject to inspection by the International Committee of the Red Cross and is regularly inspected by the United States Army, Europe." AFP has more.

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