77 ALP members referred for prosecution: chief
KABUL (PAN): Seventy-seven members of the NATO-backed Afghan Local Police (ALP) were referred to the military prosecution office for committing various crimes since the militias were raised two years ago in various provinces, a senior official said on Monday.
ALP Director General Gen. Ali Shah Ahmadzai told Pajhwok Afghan News the local police came into being in compliance with a presidential decree two years ago, when the then NATO chief in Afghanistan, David Petraeus, suggested the creation.
Ahmadzai said the ALP members had been deployed to remote areas for keeping security and their responsibilities included providing first aid to vulnerable people during natural disasters before other forces arrived.
He said local police members, found guilty of committing crimes such as sexual abuses, law and human rights violations during trials, were sentenced up to 16 years in jail. "If a local policeman is found guilty of committing a crime, he will get punished under the relevant laws," the LPF chief said.
He recalled when Hakim Shujayee, a police commander in Uruzgan province, was accused of killing 121 people, he himself moved to arrest him in Kabul. But the Hazara tribesman was released later and still on the run, he said.
Ahmadzai claimed some domestic and foreign elements were out to defame the local police, saying plots to misuse the force by some tribal elders and other influential in northern Afghanistan had been thwarted.
"Currently, we have the force deployed to 100 districts across the country and being raised and moved to another 144 districts in the near future," the official said.
Keeping in view increasing public demand, Ahmadzai said the interior ministry planned to increase the number of ALP from the current 20,227 to 30,000, a move that could ensure better security after 2014.
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