617 Afghan prisoners extradited by Iran

Afghan prisoners

KABUL: The cases of 617 Afghan prisoners extradited by Iran would be decided in accordance with the law of the land, the Presidential Palace said on Thursday.

President Ashraf Ghani said while chairing a meeting of the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption High Council. Attorney General (AG) Farid Hamidi presented a report on the problems facing the detainees.

The AG recommended a reduction in the punishment of the Afghan citizens, who had been extradited under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the Iran government.

At present 5,124 Afghan prisoners were being held in Iranian jails, with 617 transferred to the Afghan government, the AG informed participants according to the statement.

For his part, Ghani said: “It (prisoner transfer) was a huge step. Due legal process needs to be completed and the Attorney General Office and given the authority to do the job.”

He tasked the Interior Ministry with preparing a list of the Afghan prisoners in Iran to resolve their problems.

“We are committed to the rule of law more than ever before, though the enemies of our country believe in the jungle law. The unity government is upholding the constitution and comply with international laws,” he remarked.

Ghani said the next meeting of the council should be devoted to progress in implementation of the anti-corruption strategy and evaluation of reports in this regard.

The president claimed transparency in government affairs had increased in terms of administrative reforms. In addition to the work of ministries, he said, the performance of provincial governments should also be assessed.

The meeting also conferred on preventing capital flight, problems of moneychangers and seizing the assets some individuals had made through corruption.

Ghani ordered the attorney general, the intelligence chief and the Ministry of Interior to devise a specific strategy in this regard.

By the same token, the president directed the Ministry of Communications to streamline Money transfers by the Afghan refugees abroad. (Pajhwok)

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