The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has abolished the Attorney General’s Office (AGO). The Islamic Emirate's spokesperson told TOLOnews that the Attorney General's Office (AGO) has been turned into the “Directorate of Supervision and Prosecution of Decrees and Orders," and some of the AGO's duties have been given to the courts and intelligence services based on the decision of the Islamic Emirate's leader.
The purpose of abolishing the AGO, according to Zabihullah Mujahid, Islamic Emirate's spokesperson, is to prevent the congestion of departments.
Mujahid said that the "Directorate of Supervision and Prosecution of Decrees and Orders" will monitor the implementation of the orders of the Islamic Emirate's leader in both public and private institutions.
"Too much bureaucracy should be avoided, which is why the intelligence agencies also have the authority to monitor and can watch over the implementation of orders. Second, in the courts, if there is a disputed case of the people, it will be handled by lawyers, and if the system has its disputes it will proceed through its own channels in whatever way things can be done best,” Mujahid said.
The spokesperson of the Islamic Emirate added that this institution will have representation in 34 provinces of the country.
"Its structure and methodology both changed but the staff has remained the same. The same force that had been employed at the Attorney General’s Office will be employed at the Directorate of Supervision,” he said.
According to the decision of the leader of the Islamic Emirate, the responsibility and stages of investigation, supervision and prosecution of legal and criminal cases have been entrusted to the courts and the Intelligence Directorate.
Some legal experts believe that by restricting the Attorney General's Office's (AGO) authority, justice will not be properly implemented in the nation.
"The supervision of discovery and investigation has been removed, the litigation has been removed; therefore, the Attorney General's Office as a department for monitoring and prosecuting the orders and directions of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, has limited authority," said Abdul Shukor Dadras, a legal expert.
"We can handle people's complaints and prevent crimes with the the Attorney General's Office," said Farooq Alim, ab legal expert.
Earlier, members of the Afghan Independent Bar Association (AIBA) also claimed that the Islamic Emirate had shut down the association's Kabul headquarters, halting all activity.