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Wolesi Jirga again summons AG next week

Wolesi Jirga again summons AG next week

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Apr 04, 2011 - 18:14

KABULinfo-icon(PANinfo-icon): Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon members on Monday decided to summon the attorney general next week after he refused to appear before the house, saying the legislature has no authority to question him.

The lower house last week summoned Aloko to attend the session on Monday, but he sent a letter to the house, saying the Wolesi Jirga had no authority to call him for an investigation

"The Attorney General's Office is an independent institution and the Wolesi Jirga cannot interfere in its affairs," Aloko wrote in his letter.

But lawmakers insisted they had given the attorney general the vote of confidence and they had the right to call him. "Sending a letter to the house is an insult to the Parliament," Mohammad Sarwar Farahi, an MP, said.

The Attorney General's refusal to appear before the house would pave the ground for other high officials to skip the Parliament," another lawmaker from from Ghazni province, Ali Akbar Qasimi, said. "The attorney general should be disqualified as soon as possible," he said.

But Zuhra Zabuli, a woman MP from southern Zabul province, said the matter should be discussed with the Attorney General before taking any decision.

Speaker Abdul Raouf Ibrahimi called for voting on whether to summon again the Attorney General next week. A majority of parliamentarians favoured summoning the top prosecutor again.

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