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50 people accused of ‘treason’ this solar year: AGO

50 people accused of ‘treason’ this solar year: AGO

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Feb 23, 2020 - 19:03

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Attorney General Office (AGO) on Sunday announced responding to 354 cases of treason against the state during the last 10 years and 50 people were accused of the charge this solar yearinfo-icon, 1398.

Jamshid Rasouli, AGO spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News that these cases had been responded to since 2010.

These cases after being detected were referred to the AGO and were decided in accordance with the country’s laws and with impartiality, he said.

“The mentioned cases are processed by the Prosecution Department of Fighting against Internal and Externalinfo-icon Security Crimes and all of them are responded to under the law,” he said.

He added most of people accused of national treason were arrested and investigated by the AGO and their cases sent to the relevant courts.

“The rest of other cases are under justice investigation of the AGO and efforts in coordination with Afghan security and detection forces are on for their detention,” Rasouli said.

However, he did not provide more information on the regard due to absence of a central database in the AGO.

Those involved in treason cases are citizens of Afghanistaninfo-icon and they somehow face the country’s penalty code, he said.

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Khalid Assad, deputy head of Justice Department of Wolesi Jirga or lower house of the parliament criticized what he called non-implementation of justice in judiciary organs and said that 40 percent of the country’s people were unsatisfied from these organs.

Despite a system of justice and law has been created in the last 18 years, but unfortunately its performance was inefficient, he said.

He called AGO a source of corruption and creating problems for people and said that activities of judiciary organs was generally ceremonial.

“People have a negative image about judiciary organs, those who refer to AGO do not receive what they need to be deserved and that is the reason people think that there is no justice in AGO, people are beaten and forced to pay bribes,” Assad said.

There are large number of cases and problems in provinces of the country and some of them are not responded in 10 years, that is the reason people refer to the Talibaninfo-icon who solve their case in a period of a week long time, he said.

Legal experts:

Shahla Fareed, a legal and political science lecturer in Kabul University, said that the public were not satisfied from the performance of workers of judiciary organs.

She said that countrywide insecurity and threats to judges and prosecutors was one of major problems of judiciary organs. “This solar year, 61 prosecutors were killed, this situation question the enforcement of justice and interrogation,” she said.

Pointing to people who are accused of national treason, she said that people who were found traitors flee to areas out of the government’s control and they escape from punishment.

“We cannot enforce justice on people accused on treason unless we improve countrywide security, solve our political crisis and economic problems,” Fareed said.

She said that recently a huge amount of money was spent and educated youths were employed in the justice system for making it professional and she called it a good move.

 

Public opinion:

Shamsullah Hoshmand, a resident of Kabul criticized corruption in judiciary organs and not responding of cases on time said that he was a witness of criminals who confessed their crimes in front of the media and courts sentenced them for five years of jail, but they were released after one year in their prison due to their connection with government officials.

He said that there were also good people in these organs but some corrupt and cruel people defamed the organs.

Hoshmand expressed concern about the current situation in the country and said that people are obliged to visit Taliban courts due to lack of a qualified judiciary system in the government.

Government leaders during presidential campaigns had promised to make all organs responsive, but five years have passed and organs instead full of corruption, he said.

He asked for public sentences of criminals and said public trials can make people’s trust and make judiciary organs more responsive.

/ma

 

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