Pajhwok Afghan News

Bribe helps criminals escape law in Paktia: Residents

GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Residents and police in southeastern Paktia province say criminals after being arrested are released soon due to corruption in judicial organs.

The residents said if individuals involved in crimes are able to dodge the law, it would negatively impact the police morale and hurt people’s trust in security organizations.

Mohammad Yousuf Hanif, a resident of Firozkhel locality of Gardez, the provincial capital, told Pajhwok Afghan News that a group of armed robbers had long been active looting passengers on highways and snatching their vehicles as well.

Accordion him, police had arrested many such robbers by risking their lives, but they were freed within weeks.

Hanif said they had witnessed several incidents in which armed robbers and those involved in other illegally activities were detained but released soon.

A number of other residents expressed similar views.

Provincial police chief Brig. Gen. Raz Mohammad Mandozai confirmed people’s concerns and said criminals managed to be released back due to corruption in judicial organs, something he called a hurdle in enhancing social prosperity and security.

He told Pajhwok that security forces used to arrest criminals such as kidnappers, robbers, murderers, and terrorists with great difficulties but later it became known that they had been freed.

Meanwhile, Governor Shamim Khan Katawazi also confirmed corruption in the judicial organs and termed it a huge concern, saying the president, the Attorney General Office (AGO) and other related organs were aware about the issue.

He told Pajhwok efforts were underway to eradicate the menace from the mentioned sector but it would take time.

However, appellant attorney’s office chief Sayed Anbar Pacha rejected the allegation that crime suspects were released against money and said they took every step in line with the law.

Pacha added he could not say about the past, but since taking over the charge, he had controlled illegal activities at all.



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