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Law & Legal Issues, Afghanistan


The upcoming 2014 presidential election in Afghanistan "is vulnerable to corruption and fraud," an Afghan watchdog said Monday, dpa reported.

Fraud, ballot stuffing, misuse of government resources by candidates and abuse of government positions are among the concerns, said Yama Torabi, a member of the Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee.

Reviews have identified monitoring gaps that create opportunities for fraud and corruption, he said in a press conference.


Twenty-three candidates have registered to take part in Afghanistan's presidential election, scheduled for early April, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said Sunday, dpa reported.

"Registration process for the presidential nominees officially ended today, October 6. The total number of people who registered is 23," said Noor Mohammad Noor, spokesman for the IEC.

On Sunday alone, 14 candidates registered at the election commission headquarters, many arriving in armoured convoys with bodyguards and scores of supporters in tow.


Afghanistan has accused Iran of holding as many as 21 migrant Afghan workers following a border shooting incident over the weekend and has filed a formal complaint to Tehran, an official said Sunday, Washington Post reported.

According to local accounts, Iranian border guards opened fire on the Afghan laborers on Friday as they tried to cross the boundary illegally looking for work, said Abdul Rahman Zhawandai, a spokesman for the provincial governor in the northwestern Farah province.


The UN Security Council on Thursday condemned in "the strongest terms" the terrorist attacks in which at least 44 civilians were killed in Farah province of Afghanistan, dpa reported.

Afghan insurgents wearing army uniforms stormed a courthouse Wednesday in Farah in a failed bid to free Taliban inmates. The suicide attack left the nine insurgents dead.


The Afghan government will be creating a new structure, called "public police", that would serve as a link between the usual police and the citizens, Ava press reported.

Afghan's Interior Minister Mujtaba Patang said that the Afghanistan needs to strengthen the security inside the country, to make the citizens feel more secured.

Speaking of the "public police", Patang said this structure would be operating in 8 Afghan provinces.

He added, that the recruited people will be unarmed, and serve more like educators and law enforcers to the public.


The Afghan government Friday welcomed the arrest of seven British soldiers on suspicion of murder, calling it "a good measure to prevent civilian casualties" in the war-torn country, dpa reported.

"This is a good step, which can significantly help the prevention of casualties in Afghanistan, in particular civilian deaths," Afghan Defence Ministry spokesman Mohammad Zaher Azimi said.

The ministry welcomed the observation and implementation of military law by NATO-led coalition forces to prevent civilian casualties, Azimi said while also asking for better implementation.


The U.S. government on Monday strongly condemned the public execution of an Afghan woman by the Taliban, warning that this is another reminder of Taliban's "brutality."

White House spokesman Jay Carney told a news briefing that he echoed the "strong condemnation" already made by John Allen, the U.S. commander of the International Security Assistance Forces in Afghanistan, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Xinhua reported.


Iran and Afghanistan signed a joint drug-trafficking agreement today, IRNA reported.

The agreement was signed by Head of drug trafficking department of police Ali Mueyyedi from the Iranian side and Deputy Minister for drug trafficking related issues of Afghanistan General Bazmohammad Ahmadi.

The sides agreed on establishing special drug-dog training center, and a narcotics database in Afghanistan.


A second Blackwater guard was sentenced to prison for his role in the shooting death of an Afghan civilian two years ago, dpa reported.

Justin Cannon, 29, of Texas received a 30-month sentence Monday for the killing while in an unauthorized convoy in Kabul on May 5, 2009, the US Justice Department said.

Cannon and the second Blackwater guard, Christopher Drotleff, 31, of Virginia, were convicted of involuntary manslaughter in March. They had worked for Xe Services, which was previously known as Blackwater. The firm is a security contractor for the US government.


Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has ordered concerned authorities to review all cases of Taliban militants being held in prisons, a spokesman to Presidential Palace Siamak Herawi said on Sunday.

"The President issued an order on Saturday to constitute a commission under the Minister for Justice to review all the cases of Taliban suspects being held in prisons," Herawi told Xinhua.

He also added that the order was issued in line with the decision of the National Consultative Peace Jirga and any Taliban militant proved innocent would be released.