Lunch Session at Anti-Terrorism Prosecution Department

A brief Review

The Code of Conduct and Professional standards for Prosecutors of Attorney General Office was approved by Supreme Council of Attorney General office of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on 06/07/1389. This Code of Conduct  consists four chapters and 28 articles, the various aspects of professional standards are included.

However; the contents are clear to understand because, they have also been described by qualified cadres of Attorney General Office, its still felt necessary to provide explanation to some of the contents unclear to the prosecutors of ATPD. AJO and consultation with ATPD and FCO decided to held Ethics Seminars for  prosecutors during lunch time to discuss issues that they raise questions about.

The methodology is such that an expert on topic attend the session, explains the topic and responds to the questions.  The instructor starts the session explaining main topic for ten minutes, subsequently, shares experiences, provides practical

examples and provide the participants an opportunity to discuss and debate in friendly atmosphere.

These seminars are held once in a week, and the numbers of participants are between 10 to 15 persons. The participants are introduced by the head of the Anti-Terrorism Prosecution Department (ATPD), and lunch is being provided by AJO. 

The topics discussed during the seminars are the principles of fair trials, while the  current seminar topic focuses on New Criminal Procedure Law considering  requests from the participants. A total number of 13 prosecutors attended this seminar.

Rights of Accused and Suspects

This seminar was focused on the “New Criminal Procedure Law”. Mr. Abdul Basir Khalid, member Training Committee AGO participated as instructor in this seminar. The seminar started with a brief history of Criminal Procedurs and more focus was given to the new or amended articles of the law. The articles included:

     Article 4:                      Terms

     Article 92- 97:               Points of consideration in arresting criminals

     Articles 112-118:           Secret actions and relevant crimes

     Articles 88-91:               Prosecutor's authority about detection and arrest of  suspects

     Articles 99-111:             Temporary seizure and confiscation of alternative measures

     Articles 145-164:           Necessary and unnecessary elements of investigation and its objectives

     Articles 119-136:           Points of consideration during inspection and search

     Articles 201-323:           Compensation in Criminal Trial

The instructor explained each article and involved the participants to discuss articles and relevant matters.

 

Suggestions and class observation

1.     The participants requested for more time allocation to training sessions by adding days to the schedule.