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‘Ghazni court freeing criminals without punishment’

‘Ghazni court freeing criminals without punishment’

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Mar 05, 2017 - 17:41

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Some public representatives and residents of southern Ghazni province accuse the provincial court of releasing criminals detained by Afghan security forces after a brief detention either under pressure or in return for money.

Provincial council head, Khaliqdad Akbari, told Pajhwok Afghan News that police after hardships detained Talibaninfo-icon, robbers, kidnappers and other criminals but they were released by the Ghazni court without punishment.

“The court and the attorney’s office release criminals either under pressure from powerful individuals or due to corruption,” he said.

To a question, Akbari said: “I have no evidence right now, but this issue is dawned on everyone,”

Mohammad Rahim, a resident of Ghazni City, the provincial capital, said his family freed his uncle from the Ghazni jail by paying money.

“My uncle has killed a person in a car accident. He was sentenced to many years in jail term, but we freed him by paying 200,000 Pakistani rupees,” he said.

Governor Abdul Karim Matin said no one had so far complained to him about the issue.

“People in Ghazni pay money to government officers even for legal works which is not a good practice, if anyone has evidence about bribery, they can share with us,” he said.

He asked the people to help the government in fighting against corruption.

Ghazni court head, Sikandar Haidari, said: “I do not confirm or reject these claims, but if the provincial council head or any other person has evidences they can share with us.”

However, High Peace Committee (HPC) head in Ghazni, Khalil Hottak, said cases of criminals were not properly prepared at the attorney’s office and police headquarters.

“The court has to release suspects if there is no enough evidence establishing them criminals. Cases are provided with very poor evidences,” he said.

Such problems are also common in other provinces where people have repeatedly complained about corruption at lower judiciary but nothing has improved.

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