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How Afghanistan’s Judiciary Lost Its Independence


The Diplomat, 5 June 2019

This article contains several quotes of and references to AAN, for example on the 2006 case when then-Preisdent Karzai appointed his close aide and legal adviser as the head of the Supreme Court of Afghanistan.

When his term ended, Karzai — in clear violation of the constitution — appointed him as “acting chief justice,” a position that the president invented. In 2010, Afghanistan Analysts Network reported that Karzai wanted to nominate the same person as the head of the newly established Independent Commission for Overseeing the Implementation of Constitution (ICOIC), a clear move to influence a body mandated to check the constitutionality of the president’s decisions and actions. Likewise, to ensure “an obedient commission,” in the words of an ICOIC member, current President Ghani has fiercely resisted the commission’s decision to dismiss its chair, who is oriented toward Ghani and does not seem to accompany the ICOIC in questioning the constitutionality of the president’s decisions.

It also refers to research by AAN’s Ali Yawar Adili and Ehsan Qaane, more by Ali Yawar Adili as well as by Thomas Ruttig.

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