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Prosecutors seek special security unit

Prosecutors seek special security unit

Mar 01, 2011 - 20:38

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): A number of civil, military and intelligence prosecutors from different provinces asked the government on Tuesday to set up a special police unit for their security.

About 100 prosecutors, who attended a conference in Kabul, complained warlords and powerful individuals interfered in their affairs. "When their demands are not met, they threaten us," said Mohammad Sharif, a public prosecutor in Kunduz.

He added they needed tight security to ward off such threats and to be able to focus on their job without any fear.

Officials at the interior ministry could not be reached for comments on the demand.

On conclusion of the event, participants released a resolution, saying they would continue working, despite threats, for the implementation of the constitution.

"We understand the negative effects of administrative corruption, terrorism and drug trafficking and will continue our struggle for preventing such illegal activities," the resolution said.

A participant of the conference, who did not want to be named, said the prosecutors were also facing financial constraints. "A pay raise would help prevent corruption," he remarked.

The Attorney General's Office spokesman, Amanullah Iman, confirmed security and economic problems facing the prosecutors were discussed at the conference. 

Currently, a prosecutor's average salary is about 10,000 afghanis ($220). The Worldinfo-icon Bank and other donors have been asked for funding prosecutors' pay raise, Iman said.


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