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MPs endorse Yousuf Halim as Supreme Court member

MPs endorse Yousuf Halim as Supreme Court member

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Jul 08, 2015 - 14:33

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon -- or lower house of parliament -- on Wednesday approved Sayed Yousuf Halim as member of the Supreme Court.

On July 1, the government introduced the nominees for Da Afghanistaninfo-icon Bank (DAB) and the Supreme Court to the Wolesi Jirga for a vote of confidence.

Halim, explaining his plans to the lawmakers, said he would pay special attention to preventing confession under duress, ensure good behavior with the accused and address cases publicly.

He added maintaining justice, preventing corruption, improving the rule of reward and punishment in the Supreme Court, employing professional officers, building coordination among judicial organs and creating a telecommunication system to listen to people’s complaints would be among his priorities.

Halim pledged neither criminals would be allowed to go unpunished nor any innocent citizen would be given punishment by the Supreme Court on his watch. If law was properly implemented, people would repose more trust in courts and it would reduce the crime graph and insecurity, he said.

Of the 193 lawmakers present during the session, 103 voted in favour of the proposed Supreme Court member, who needed 96 ballots for confirmation.

Son of Said Hussain, Prof. Sayed Yusuf Halim was born 1959 in Nangarhar province. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Law and Political Science from Kabul University.

Halim got his masters in general politics from Islamic Azad University of Iran. He joined the Ministry of Justice in 1985 and held various posts. He recently served as deputy minister of justice.

He has visited several countries and participated in short-term workshops for capacity building. He also received a number of awards during his career.

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