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Top prosecutor won't attend Parliament session

Top prosecutor won't attend Parliament session

Apr 05, 2011 - 20:56

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The country's leading prosecutor, Mohammad Ishaq Aloko, will not attend Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon's session next week as the legislature has no authority to summon him, his deputy said on Tuesday.

Last week, the lower house of Parliament summoned Aloko to attend its Monday's session, but he did not appear and sent a letter, saying the Wolesi Jirga had no authority to call him for an investigation

On Monday, MPs decided to summon the AG again next week.

"First of all, the MPs should study the Constitution and then decide whether they can summon or not the attorney general," deputy attorney general, Rahmatullah Nazari, told journalists in Kabul.

"Under some conditions, the legislature's right to summon the attorney general has been retaken," he said, but did not explain the conditions. "If the attorney general can be summoned, then he will not be able to pursue a criminal case against an MP," Nazari said.

He alleged some MPs involved in irregularities in last year's parliamentary election wanted to summon the AG.  

MP Aryan Yun confirmed the issued had been raised by some parliamentarians who were declared winners in the Sept. 18 election from provinces where the vote had been massively rigged.

She did not name any MP, but said: "Pro-Iran parliamentarians want to summon the attorney general in a bid to stop him from exposing their involvement in fraud and irregularities."

Alko had once said he had evidence that election workers were involved in fraud during September’s vote.

Top prosecutors had declared the Independent Election Commission’s announcement of final results as “premature" and also had arrested senior election officials and opened criminal investigations into vote fraud. Investigations into massive fraud previously cancelled a quarter of the 5.6 million votes cast.



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