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Pul-i-Charkhi inmates served ‘rotten’ meat: Senate body

Pul-i-Charkhi inmates served ‘rotten’ meat: Senate body

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Dec 21, 2017 - 19:06

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon delegation has found prisoners at the Pul-i-Charkhi jail on the eastern outskirts of Kabul are served ‘rotten meat’.

The Senate task team visited the facility and listened to prisoners’ complaints three weeks back, said Zalmai Zabuli, who headed the team.

 “After we were informed the meat given to prisoners is improper; we went to the prison and evaluated the meat where it was stored.”

“We found that the meat is decayed; when we asked the officials that who brings the meat? They replied: ‘He is a powerful man… beyond our authority and control.”

Zabuli added: “An official at the prison told me that the meat is delivered by Mullahinfo-icon Tarakhel, a Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon member, who possesses the contract.”

“We presented the issue before a general session of Meshrano Jirga and finally the report was sent to the Ministry of Interior (MoI) and prisons’ general director. The upper house has decided that the MoI shouldn’t let continuation of such contracts.”

Senator Gul Mohammad Rasouli from Faryab province, who is also member of the Senate complaints committee, said the matter was discussed on the assembly floor on Wednesday. “The General Director of Prisons and Detention Centers was also summoned to the house to brief the legislators about the problem.”

“The complaints received by the upper house from Pul-i-Charkhi inmates state that decayed and unhygienic meat is served to detainees.”

Rasouli, confirming Zabuli’s remarks, said: “The delegation also found other problems in the prison, spoiled meat coming from India was cooked and distributed to inmates.”

Lt. Gen. Abdul Aleem Kohistani, General Director of Prisons and Detention Centres at MoI, confirmed the issue; but he didn’t go into details.

He said the meat delivery contract had been with an ‘individual’ for the past three years: “The purchasing of meat belongs to the MoI and the National Procurement Authority; therefore, we don’t have any responsibility. But it should be monitored and inspected in order to ensure proper meat is supplied to prisons.”

Despite efforts, Pajhwok was unable to establish a contact with MoI officials and Mullah Tarakhel Mohammadi for their comment in this regard.

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