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Momand moves parliament to fight his case

Momand moves parliament to fight his case

Sep 19, 2017 - 17:30

KABUL (Pajhwok): A provincial council member from northern Balkh province on Tuesday lodged a complaint with the parliament about his illegal detention and beating by Governor Atta Mohammad Noor.

Mohammad Asif Momand said he would also register his case with the United Nations and the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC).

On August 14, Momand was detained from the Mazar-i-Sharif airport soon after arriving from Kabul after he had publicly criticized the Balkh governor.

After spending two days in detention, Momand told a press conference that he had been held captive by personal militia of Governor Noor.

The Attorney General Office (AGO) during its initial investigation into the matter found that Momand’s detention was ordered by Atta Mohammad Noor.

While registering his case with the parliament, Momand told reporters that the fate of his case remained uncertain.

He said a number of figures involved in his case were summoned by the judicial organs, but only Balkh police chief appeared.

“It is our request to the government to enforce the law equally on all,” he said, adding that besides the parliament, he would also file his complaints about his case with the AIHRC, the UN, the presidential palace, the Supreme Court and AGO today.

To a question about the government’s silence about his case, he said: “The government may not be able to address this case or it may have cut a deal behind the scenes.”

Momand warned he and his supporters would organize protest rallies if his case was not addressed.