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Cases of 1,850 Pul-i-Charkhi inmates remain undecided

Cases of 1,850 Pul-i-Charkhi inmates remain undecided

Oct 29, 2017 - 17:17

KABUL (Pajhwok): A Meshrano Jirga delegation says cases of 1,850 prisoners held at the Pul-i-Charkhi jail have not been processed while around 900 other inmates are illegally kept in the facility on the eastern outskirts of Kabul.

The Meshrano Jirga or upper house panel recently visited Pul-i-Charkhi prison which is home to some 400 death row inmates.

Presenting the delegation’s report, the delegation’s head, Dr. Zalmai Zabuli, a senator from southern Zabul province, expressed concern about the situation of inmates and said tens of thousands of inmates were kept in a prison made for only 2,000 inmates.

He said no hearing in the cases of 1,850 prisoners at Pul-i-Charkhi prison had taken place in the past six years.

Cases of some inmates have not even been decided by the primary court, he said. According to the law, a case should be finalized within a year.

Zabuli said 180 inmates were above 75 years of age and they should be released according to the law. “Some inmates cannot even walk due to their old age, one of them is 105 years old,” he said.

About prisoners with incurable diseases, he said, no commission had so far been created to identify inmates with such diseases. Some inmates were even infected with by transmissible diseases, he said.

Zabuli said 710 prisoners had been declared as innocent by courts but they were still kept behind bars illegally for years due to lack of a guarantee.

The senator said 400 prisoners had been sentenced to death in the last few years but non could be executed.

He asked the government to create a special court for addressing cases of Pul-i-Charkhi inmates as well as create a commission for addressing the issue of incurable inmates.

Zabuli added the inmates had warned of going on hunger strike if their cases were ignored further. He also asked the Meshrano Jirga chairman to pave the ground for a meeting between the delegation and the president.

Meshrano Jirga chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar promised to arrange a meeting between the delegation and the president for discussing inmates’ problems.