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77 ALP members referred for prosecution: chief (Video)

77 ALP members referred for prosecution: chief (Video)

Feb 05, 2013 - 12:33

KABUL (PAN): Seventy-seven members of the NATO-backed Afghan Local Police (ALP) were referred to the military prosecution office for committing various crimes since the militias were raised two years ago in various provinces, a senior official said on Monday.

ALP Director General Gen. Ali Shah Ahmadzai told Pajhwok Afghan News the local police came into being in compliance with a presidential decree two years ago, when the then NATO chief in Afghanistan, David Petraeus, suggested the creation. 

He said local police members, found guilty of committing crimes such as sexual abuses, law and human rights violations during trials, were sentenced up to 16 years in jail.  "If a local policeman is found guilty of committing a crime, he will get punished under the relevant laws," the LPF chief said.

He recalled when Hakim Shujayee, a police commander in Uruzgan province, was accused of killing 121 people, he himself moved to arrest him in Kabul. But the Hazara tribesman was released later and still on the run, he said.

Ahmadzai claimed some domestic and foreign elements were out to defame the local police, saying plots to misuse the force by some tribal elders and other influential in northern Afghanistan had been thwarted.

By: Obaid Hussam and Bais Yousfi

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