Karzai orders expanded courts' scope of review
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai in a meeting with justice and judicial officials on Thursday ordered the expansion of the primary and appellate courts' scope of review to speed up investigation of criminal cases.
Also present on the occasion were the chief justice, Abdul Salam Azimi, the justice minister, Habibullah Ghalib, the Attorney General, Mohammad Ishaq Aloko, the intelligence head, Rahmatullah Nabil and the justice advisor to the president.
The meeting also discussed in detail internal and external security situations.
The participants agreed to expend the scope of review of the courts in order to speed up investigation of some criminal case by resolving some problems with relevant laws, which sometimes led to the release of war criminals.
The decision came after the National Directorate of Security (NDS) officials requested that there were problems with the laws, which prolonged inmates' imprisonment.
On August 21, NDS officials asked the justice and judiciary organs to establish a special court for war criminals and others involved in security-related incidents.
"The NDS has no complaint against the justice and judiciary organs, but there are problems with some laws which sometimes lead to the release of criminals," the intelligence spokesman, Lutfullah Mashal, had told a press conference.
About 2,200 inmates are being held at the notorious Pul-i-Charkhi jail, but cases of inmates have been delayed due to problems in the laws, he said.
He said criminal cases about which the NSD had evidences should not be postponed.
"If a special court is set up in this regard, the issue will be resolved and criminals will receive punishment quickly," Mashal said.
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