Oct 28, 2014 9:40 AM

Auditor says Afghan prison renovation incomplete

The Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) A U.S. report says that the renovation of Afghanistan's main prison which began five years ago has yet to be completed, and the State Department has terminated the contract despite America spending $18.5 million.

Federal auditors SIGAR reported on Tuesday that work on Pol-i-Charkhi prison is still far from finished despite the U.S. government spending almost all of the $20.2 million contract value.

Its assessment conducted from April to September 2014 shows that only about 50 percent of the required work has been completed so far.

The report says that Pol-i-Charkhi, Afghanistan' largest prison, was built in 1973 to house approximately 5,000 prisoners, but now houses almost 7,400.


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