Sun, Oct

New AG Prioritizes Fight Against Corruption


Afghanistan's new Attorney General Mohammad Farid Hamidi on Sunday said his priority was to accelerate the fight against corruption in the country.

Speaking at his first press conference since taking up the position early last month, Hamidi said a mechanism of monitoring, auditing and transparency will be strengthened at the attorney general's office.
He said an agreement has been signed with the Ministry of Interior and no one will be above the law from now on.
He also said criminals will be held accountable and punished in accordance with the law.
Hamidi stressed that his office is committed to fighting corruption but called on the people of Afghanistan to cooperate with them.
He urged them to report issues pertaining to the violation of the law.
Hamidi was given a vote of confidence by MPs early last month and immediately took over as attorney general. He had previously worked as a Human Rights Commissioner.
His press conference comes just a day after his office announced that Hamidi had reshuffled at least key 40 posts in Kabul and its provincial headquarters, appointing qualified attorneys and professional people in an effort to provide satisfactory services to the people.
Speaking to TOLOnews, Basir Azizi spokesman to the AGO, said on Saturday that the reshuffling is aimed at designating qualified people and the process will continue.
"The appointments are aimed to boost transparency and develop the legal expertise in the attorney general's office and to highlight our gains and demonstrate our commitment to the faithful people of Afghanistan," he said.
Saturday's development was an unprecedented move since the new attorney general assumed office and it represents the AGO's commitments and firmness for reforms and fighting corruption.