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Anti-Corruption Bodies

Establishing the Anti-corruption Justice Centre.

Country: Afghanistan

Status: ongoing

Themes: Uncategorised

Last updated: December 2020


Concrete: Concrete | New: New | Ambitious: Somewhat Ambitious

  • 1 Evidence:

    The Anti-Corruption Justice Center (ACJC) page on the Attorney General's Office website

  • 3 Notes:

    Anti-corruption Justice Centre (ACJC) continues to be slow and to be affected by external pressures, such as the election and other political interferences. ACJC’s performance continues to be questioned by stakeholders. The independence of ACJC in terms of selection cases is under question because there is no oversight and anti-corruption commission has not been established yet. In addition, the case load is very low at the ACJC since the government is not providing adequate resources to increase its human resources. Counter Narcotics Justice Center prosecutes an average of six hundreds cases per year while ACJC has only prosecuted less a hundreds case over three years.

    Peer reviewer: 1

    Updated: October 31, 2020

    The Anti-Corruption Justice Center (ACJC) was established on the 5th of May 2016. It has been a successful model of prosecution of grand corruption. It has held several open trials and convicted three dozen. However, it suffers from political interference from the palace and lack of resources. Despite this interference, the ACJC continues to prosecute corruption cases. It has heard 39 cases by 3 September 2018 and convicted around 122. The data from January 2019 onward is not available yet. The quarterly report of SIGAR launched on 30/October/2018 states in page 123 of the report on slow progress, interference and lack of prosecution of corruption cases involving politicians. From the period between March and late August 2019, total of 10 and 8 cases haves been investigated in Primary and Appeals courts in ACJC respectively. Out the total cases, 30 people in Primary court and 32 in Appeals courts were convicted. Total amount of fines in USD dollars mounts up to more than USD 9000 for convicts both in Primary and Appeals courts. In total 4 cases have been approved by the Supreme Court convicting 25 individuals overall with a total fine of more than USD 5000. For detailed list of the convictions, please see the Annex I attached. ACJC continued to be slow due to election and political interference. ACJC’s performance continues to be questioned by stakeholders. This is one of the star implementation of the commitments that has backtracked during the last two reporting period.

    Peer reviewer: 1

    Updated: April 30, 2020

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