3 Pul-i-Charkhi inmates on hunger strike
KABUL (PAN): Three prisoners, all from the same family, have gone on hunger strike at the Pul-i-Charkhi prison on eastern outskirts of Kabul in protest against no hearing on their appeal challenging a primary court verdict in their case for the last four years.
One of the striking inmates, Dr Muhammad Alam, told Pajhwok Afghan News over his cell phone from the second bloc that they had been denying food over the past three days. He claimed his brother Nazir and son Fazal Haq had sewed up their lips together.
Alam recalled in May, 2009, gunmen attacked their house and looted their pharmacy shop in Salang district of central Parwan province. As they resorted to firing in the air, one person got killed and they were detained in connection with that murder.
After 15 months of their detention, a primary court sentenced him to 12 years in jail and his son and brother 10 years each.
“It has been three years since we are calling for a second trial, but remained deprived of this right.” He asked judicial organs to pay attention to their case, otherwise they would continue denying food until death.
However, Col. Ahmad Munir Akhunzada, who is responsible for media affairs of the notorious jail, denied someone had gone on hunger strike.
He said they were responsible to keep care of inmates and had no authority to decide on their jail terms and cases, the responsibility of which lied with courts and attorneys.
Defence lawyer for Alam, Amruddin insisted his clients were innocent and he had filed an appeal their case four years ago in Kabul, but so far there has been no hearing.
He said the public prosecutor in the case had not been able to prepare the dossier in a way acceptable to the court of appeals.
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