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Prosecutor says special court’s decision will be enforced

Prosecutor says special court’s decision will be enforced

Mar 23, 2011 - 17:11

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The attorney general’s office on Wednesday pledged to enforce any decision the special court makes about the Sept. 18 election, while some legislators worried that dozens of parliamentarians would be replaced.

The once instance court is to declare its decision after counting all the votes.

It is though that the votes of 20 provinces have been counted and those of 13 other others would be completed soon.

The court’s decision would be 100 percent enforced, Hafizullah Hafiz, investigative head at the attorney general’s office, said.

"We are waiting on the decision of the special court," he said.

According to members of Parliament, President Hamid Karzai promised during a meeting on March 14, that he would dissolve the special court and told them to carry on working without fear of losing their job.

"Don't worry about the decision of the special court to take out anyone from the lower house. Nothing will happen," Karzai said, according to a member of the lower house, who requested anonymity.

Ahmad Behzad, the second deputy speaker of the house, has refused to accept the legitimacy of the court, which was set up by Karzai to look into allegations that some winning parliamentarians were involved in fraud and ballot rigging. 

"No decision of the court will be recognised by the representatives of the people," he said.

However, some MPs said the recount of ballots in some provinces had already shown that there was fraud in the election. Mueen Maristyal said the special court was under pressure from certain sections not to make changes to the current Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon, or lower house of Parliament.

"The UN mission in Afghanistaninfo-icon, the US and the international community have all confirmed that there was fraud in the election," he said.

It would cause a crisis if the decision of the court was not implemented, he said.


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