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District attorneys without offices in Badakhshan


District attorneys without offices in Badakhshan

Mar 30, 2017 - 12:29

FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): Attorneys from more than a dozen districts have been working in Faizabad, the capital of northeastern Badakhshan province, due to the absence of facilities they need to perform their job in a proper way, it is learnt.

Fazal Sultan Safi, the provincial appellate court head, told Pajhwok Afghan News prosecutors had to use offices of other government departments such as police, the district building and others to run their affairs.

The absence of facilities has affected the performance of prosecutors, he said. “Prosecutors do not know where to address cases of accused, they search for a proper place to sit and work on cases,” he complained.

Safi said the attorneys were vulnerable to illegal commanders in the absence of proper work places.

A three-member delegation has visited all 27 districts of Badakhshan to identify land for construction of offices for prosecutors, according to Safi.

“Currently we have land plots in 14 districts for such buildings and we have sent documents of the land to the Attorney General Office who promised action,” he said/

Khalil Rahman Khalili, a prosecutor from Yawan district, said he used buildings of other government departments to do his job.

“We don’t have an office in Yawan district, we carry documents of cases wherever we go despite security threats,” he said.

He said they were under threat from powerful individuals and the authorities concerned should provide them office facility.

Arifa Navid, the provincial human rights commission’s head, said: “Our observation about judiciary organs is there are no proper buildings for district chiefs, prosecutors and even for important meetings.”

She said the problem was shared with relevant officials last solar year, but no action had been so far.

The absence of buildings could lead to lose of important documents and cases could go missing or tampered with besides other violations, she feared.

Badakhshan, an unstable province, shares border with Tajikistan, Pakistan and China.