Govt Blasted For Not Assessing Police Chiefs Cases

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A number of MPs on Sunday criticized government for not assessing the cases of former Wardak Police Chief Khalilullah Andarabi and former Helmand Police Chief Abdul Rahman Sarjang.

Andarabi is accused of cooperating with Taliban, while Sarjang is accused of corruption and presence of ‘ghost soldiers’ in Helmand province.

Abdullah Akhundzada, a member of the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) said a number of circles inside government and members of the Wolesi Jirga are backing the two officials and are stopping their cases from being sent to court.

“A number of ministers, some figures in the presidential palace and some officials in the National Security Council are supporting them [the two police chiefs],” Akhundzada added.

“The Attorney General’s Office [AGO] has the authority to assess such cases if it is allowed by government,” said Abdul Ghayur Barsham, head of Afghanistan’s Lawyers Union.

The AGO did not comment on the issue. However, the Ministry of Interior said the two police chiefs have been suspended from their duties.

“Relevant organizations are responsible to talk about the findings of the cases,” said Sediq Seddiqi, the interior ministry spokesman.

Meanwhile, Sarjang rejected the allegations against him.

“I will go with those who claim that there are ghost soldiers [in Helmand]. If they find any ghost forces, I am ready to be executed,” he added.

The two police chiefs were introduced to the court last month but the Attorney General’s Office has not sent their cases to the court so far.

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