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MPs debate suing Supreme Court judges

MPs debate suing Supreme Court judges

Mar 28, 2011 - 20:04

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Lawmakers at the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon or lower house of the Parliament on Monday debated whether to go ahead with suing members of the High Council of the Supreme Court of Afghanistaninfo-icon for what they alleged "violating the Constitution".

MPs alleged that the high council, comprising nine judges including the chief justice, Abdul Salam Azimi, had "violated laws".

A parliamentarian from Sar-i-Pul, Mohammad Hussain Fahimi, said the high council of the apex court had not only violated the constitution, but also other laws.

As an example, he said, when the then foreign minister, Rangin Dadfar Spanta, failed to get a vote of confidence from the previous parliament, the Supreme Court intervened and allowed him to continue his work.

The Supreme Court also introduced changes to a law supervising the constitution despite it was twice approved by the legislative body, he said.

Under the constitution, both houses of the Parliament approve a law and the President endorses it.

Fahimi said the Supreme Court had established a special election court to look into allegations of fraud during the Sept. 18 parliamentary polls. "The court has no legal basis," he added.

Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said MPs would discuss the matter again during its Wednesday's session.

The constitution says the lower house can put on trail the Chief Justice, or a member of the Supreme Court, for a crime during the performance of duty by a one-thirds majority, with the case going to a special court.

On Monday, 103 MPs asked the administrative board to summon high council members and initiate their trial.



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