Fate of ex-intelligence chief

The former intelligence chief and deputy prime minister of the communist government, Asadullah Sarwary, was sentenced to death by a court in Kabul 11 days ago. Asadullah Sarwary was arrested in 1992 and spent nearly 14 years in prison without trial and the punishment that was given by the Kabul court was a completely unjust judgment because the court was not able to provide any strong document that shows the involvement of Asadullah Sarwary in killings of people. Only 16 people who missed their relatives during the communist government attended the court and gave testimony that their relatives or family members went missing during the communist government in 1979. In my opinion this was not a good judgment by the Kabul court and they took this decision so quick with out any investigation to prove if claims were true and the court was running like the courts during the Taliban regime where they were making decisions by their own choice. According to the news reports, no defense lawyers were ready to fight Mr Sarwary's case. But these reports were wrong because the defense lawyers were receiving threats from high Jihadi officials in the current government, so therefore Mr Sarwary was defending himself.

It's so sad when the many criminals in high government posts are not being prosecuted - people who destroyed 70% of the capital Kabul and killed more than 70 thousand people just in Kabul from 1992-1996. Every single one of these Jihadi commanders were acting as a king in their area. Looting and killing was done on a daily basis. But now some of them are in the current government and parliament and they are not being prosecuted. People are scared to appeal against them but if the government put these criminals in jail and bring them to justice of course thousands of people will be eyewitnesses of their inhuman crimes. It is clear to everyone that all governments have their opponent. Like the Mujahideen were against the communist government which ran the country from 1979-1992. During this time people killed from both sides and its wrong to stand a former intelligence chief responsible for crimes carried out by others. Mr Sarwary was the intelligence chief for only 6 months and the job of intelligence chief is to investigate not to kill and after investigation if the person was found to be guilty, the intelligence department introduces the case to the ministry of interior and then the ministry of interior takes action against them. Or if any prisoners die in prison that is the responsibility of the Interior Minster and prison commander, not the intelligence chief.

Asadullah Sarwary was sentenced to death while the government run a program called "national reconciliation program" and announced amnesty for the Taliban and other criminals. If the Taliban who are carrying out suicide attacks every day, burning the schools, killing the teachers and doctors can join this process, how come they don't let Assadullah Sarwary to join this process? He has been held in prison for almost 14 years. Is that not enough punishment for him? Also the president Karzai announced that the prisoners who are more than 60 years old should be free from prison and Mr Sarwary is 64 years old and already spent 14 years in prison. It shows that the court's decision was made under the threat of some high jihadi members in the current government. So we hope the world community and human rights organizations appeal against this decision and transfer his second trial to The Hague court in Holland or any other European country and he should be tried in a neutral environment that should give him justice. We hope that the human rights organizations help us in training our judges in new methods and we hope they change our old judgment system.

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