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MPs reject changes to money-laundering law

MPs reject changes to money-laundering law

Jun 29, 2015 - 17:01

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon on Monday unanimously rejected government-proposed amendments to the anti-money laundering and terrorist financing law.

Former president Hamid Karzai had signed the law in June 2014 after it was approved by both houses of parliament the same year in eight chapters and 70 articles under pressure from international financial institutes.

The Wolesi Jirga had added a clause to the Article Four of the law, paving the way for prosecution of those involved in money laundering, corruption and funds embezzlement since 2001.

But the government amended the same clause and presented an amended version before the Wolesi Jirga for approval, but lawmakers unanimously rejected it. 

Amir Khan Yar, who heads Wolesi Jirga’s financial and budget commission, said the government had only amended the controversial clause and made no other changes to the law.

Lawmaker Shukria Barakzai said the clause should be removed because it contradicted Article 27 of the Constitution.

The Article says “no act is considered a crime, unless determined by a law adopted prior to the date the offense is committed.”

But Humera Ayubi, another MP, said it would be a great injustice to the people of Afghanistaninfo-icon if the clause was dropped. She said such a decision would only benefit those who had looted the nation’s exchequer.

She said the president had been advised to amend the clause by those who had been involved in high scale corruption in the past.


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