Wali is currently serving a 12-year sentence for the attempted assassination of the Kunar Prison's Director. He was convicted at the first public trial in Kunar in March.
According to Abraham Sutherland, Kunar PRT Rule of Law rep, the trials highlight the importance of reducing corruption, and inspiring the trust of the people. “Kunar officials are working hard to establish an expectation of justice, by holding regular scheduled, publicized, and public trials in all criminal cases in Asadabad,” said Sutherland.
The case was brought by the national security prosecutor’s office, and presided over by a panel of 3 judges. Wali and his brother (who was acquitted of all charges), were represented by one of Asadabad’s newly appointed public defenders, Mohammad Taheer.
A second trial was held immediately afterward, where a man was convicted of purchasing fuel and cell phone credit with counterfeit Pakistani rupees. He was represented by Public Defender Malwai Hashem, and given 1-1/2 years. According to some of the spectators, through use of a translator, making the trials public help show that the govt will not stand for corruption, and will hold people accountable for their actions.
The trials were attended by numerous provincial-level officials from both the justice sector and several line ministries, as well as judges, prosecutors and investigators from Kunar's 14 districts. Afterward, senior officials gathered to discuss the future of justice in Kunar. Officials said that they hope that courts in the 14 districts will begin holding trials in the near future, and according to Nikozay, the day’s 2 trials were valuable preparation for this. “One day of practical training is worth 6 months of theoretical study,” said Nikozay.
Asadabad will continue to hold weekly public trials.
Photo by Senior Airman Julianne Showalter
Photos by Petty Officer 1st Class David Hites
By U.S. Forces - Iraq