Iraq confirms pending US handover of Abu Ghraib

Iraq confirms pending US handover of Abu Ghraib

[JURIST] Confirming earlier US military statements [JURIST report], Iraqi human rights minister Bakhtiar Amin told reporters Thursday that the US will hand over control of Abu Ghraib [JURIST Hot Topic news archive], and three other prisons west of Baghdad to Iraq's interim government. Amin calls the agreement to turn over control of the infamous prison an important sign of Iraq's new sovereignty. Abu Ghraib was the center of a scandal that revealed the mistreatment of Iraqi inmates last April. While the majority of detainees will remain at the prison, an army official stated the US would probably transfer its high security detainees to Camp Cropper, a US facility near Baghdad's airport. No date for the transfers has been set. The Guardian has more.