Loosely-run judicial system irks political inmates
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The chief prosecutor on Wednesday said political prisoners at the central jail in eastern Nangarhar province had complained about unjustified delays in legal proceedings of their cases.
Prosecutor Mohammad Wali Hashimi told Pajhwok Afghan News the prisoners complained to a delegation that visited the prison.
A statement from the governor’s house said appellate court judge Abdul Wali Qazizada, at the head of a delegation comprised of prosecutors and other officials, directly listened to complaints of inmates and assured them of solution to their problems.
Nangarhar prisons warden Col. Mir Hazrat Stanikzai briefed the delegation about the situation of prisoners. The prisoners welcomed the delegation and hoped for positive change in attorneys’ offices and judicial sphere.
They said reforms in judicial departments could help increase transparency in processing cases and resolving issues.
The statement from the governor’s office said the prisoners complained about delays in their cases’ investigation. They said amnesty decrees were not properly implemented and some prisoners languished in jail beyond terms. They asked the delegation to address their problems.
Nangarhar attorney, Mohammad Wali Hashimi, said the problems prisoners faced stemmed from the legal vacuum. All prisoners after their first trial could be bailed out but political inmates were deprived of this privilege, as they should wait until the final trial.
Hashimi and NDS prosecutor, Sayed Ahmad Shah Ahmadi, confirming a number of prisoners’ issues, informed the inmates about some cases and noted down the inmates’ issues.
Qazizada expressed happiness over recent reforms in prosecutor’s offices, saying a considerable change had occurred in prison affairs due to the changes in judicial organs and attorneys’ offices.
He said without law taking a decision was impossible and listening to prisoners’ issues and finding a way to resolve them was his duty and responsibility.vHe asked prisoners to help him prevent corruption.
Currently 1,500 prisoners are held in the Nangarhar prison. They include 31 women. The inmates are busy undergoing professional, religious and school studies until 9th grade. Computer is also taught to them.
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