Corruption on the rise in Uruzgan judicial organs
TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): The level of corruption has increased in judicial organs of the central Uruzgan province, a gathering complained on Thursday, calling for the menace to be addressed.
The gathering was attended by a number of religious scholars, tribal elders and government officials in Tirinkot, the provincial capital.
“The judicial organs released in exchange for money the accused who made a bid on my life,” he said, citing it as an example.
The religious scholar claimed dozens of Taliban fighters and drug smugglers had been released in return for money and the released individuals had made a beeline to their old profession.
Tribal elder Abdul Baqi told the gathering that courts and other judicial organs daily decided dozens of cases based on payments but the government had failed to prevent them.
He said not punishing criminals had resulted in increased crimes and a large number of Taliban militants and would be suicide bombers had been freed by judicial organs after their arrest by security forces.
But the provincial head of courts, Maulvi Mohammad Jan, reiterated that no one would be allowed to accept money as bribe.
He told Pajhwok Afghan News that if a judge was caught accepting bribe, he would face a legal action.
He said they were not only campaigning against corruption but also not tolerating any act that violated the law.
Uruzgan Governor Mohammad Nazir Kharotai also said his administration was serious about corruption and urged religious scholars and common people to cooperate with the provincial government in this regard.
He identified the fight against corruption as his government’s top priority and said strong measures had already been taken in this regard.
Kharotai said he was committed to preventing bribery and bringing to justice officials involved.
Also on Thursday, President Ashraf Ghani, addressing a gathering in Kabul, said corruption was a national stigma and vowed to root out the menace.
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