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 Ranjbar urges Karzai to intervene into his case

By Mir Agha Samimi

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KABUL - A former lawmaker, Abdul Kabir Ranjbar, who faces charges of rape and adducting a young girl, on Sunday urged President Karzai to intervene into his case and ensure a fair trial for him.

Ranjbar was arrested by the Attorney General’s Office last week and was released after spending 24 hours in lockup.

Deputy attorney general Rahmatullah Nazari had said the former Wolesi Jirga member had been arrested on the charge of rapping a girl in abduction.

“If I am guilty then why I was released and if not guilt then why I was arrested and put behind the bars,” Ranjbar asked during a press conference in Kabul after his release.

Flanked by his spouse, he rejected the charges, saying he had not kidnapped or rapped anyone. He claimed the Attorney General Office had violated article 25 of the constitution that considers an accused innocent until convicted by a court.

He said any violation of the constitution was a crime, insisting the AGO had committed a crime by arresting him without any legal notice. He said the AGO had arrested him without any evidence and arrest warrant.

His wife, Spogmai, also said the arrest of her husband was an illegal action, asking the AGO to tender an apology in this regard.

Later, a group of journalists went to the office of deputy attorney general, Rahmatullah Nazari, who refused to talk with reporters due to his busy schedule. Nazari told Pajhwok over the telephone that he would provide information to the media on Tuesday.

Ranjbar urged President Karzai to investigate his case through a commission and make the findings public.

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