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Karzai rejects demand for special court dissolution

Karzai rejects demand for special court dissolution

Mar 08, 2011 - 19:21

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Dozens of lawmakers on Tuesday asked President Hamid Karzai for the dissolution of a special tribunal probing allegations of fraud in last year's parliamentary election.

But Karzai referred the 38 legislators to the Supreme Court, an MP said, adding the parliamentarians shared their concerns with the president over the ongoing court proceedings and asked him to dissolve the tribunal.

The president, however, rejected their demand and "referred" them to the Supreme Court, said Humaira Ayubi, a lower house member.

Also concerned at the investigation, Karzai told the public representatives that the chief justice was the right person to comment on their apprehensions, she added.

Subsequently, eight MPs were chosen to take up the issue with the chief justice as soon as possible, she said. Neither the Supreme Court nor the Presidential Palace has commented on the demand.

The special panel was set up on Dec. 26, 2010 by the Supreme Court, following a series of protests by losing candidates against what they called widespread irregularities in the election. 

Since Jan. 26, MPs have demanded the dissolution of the tribunal three times, the court head, Siddiqullah Haqiq, said he had the authority to investigate accusations of rigging.

The court would continue its investigation into the matter, Haqiq said, adding he would not resist the panel's dissolution in a legal manner.

But analysts said no one could dissolve the court until it finished its task.  Its abolition would again need the approval of the president and the Supreme Court, said Nasrullah Stanikzai, a political analyst and university professor.


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