1,500 Cases Stalled Within The Attorney General's Office: Official


President Ashraf Ghani’s top advisor on transparency in development programs Sardar Mohammad Roshan said Friday that more than 1,500 cases have not been processed by the Attorney General’s Office (AGO), with the majority of them having been sent by the Afghan spy agency – National Directorate of Security (NDS).

“There are more than 1,500 cases pending with the majority of them referred by the National Directorate of Security,” Roshan said.‎

According to Roshan, there are some cases which were prepared at the request of lawbreakers.

“Government shouldn’t handle these cases superficially, all cases must be reviewed. There are some cases which have been prepared after a lawbreaker got angry at someone and then made a telephone call to AGO to bring charges but only four pages of papers are lying inside these documents,” Roshan said.

Amid deep concerns over the huge number of pending cases, the Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) blasted the AGO officials for failing to fulfill their legal responsibilities, arguing that several dockets relating to corruption cases have gone missing from the AGO’s office.‎

“The main issue is that the AGO has failed to conduct a good job over the last several years, even we heard that some dockets have gone missing from the AGO’s office,” IWA Researcher Nasir Taimoori said.

The Attorney General’s Office slammed the claims as baseless, urging that no case had been prepared on order of lawbreakers and that no case has been sidelined.

“All tasks are being carried out by the AGO in line with the laws, no case has been pushed to the sidelines and all cases are being processed. We strongly reject the allegations,” Basir Azizi, a spokesman for the AGO said.

This comes at a time that the AGO is run by an acting chief. However, NUG this past week announced the appointment of Mohammad Farid Hamidi as new chief of AGO.

Hamidi is expected to appear before the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) for a vote of confidence from the Afghan lawmakers.

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