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KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – (left to right) U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Hans Klemm, U.S. Navy Cmdr. Brian Goss of Annapolis, Md., commander, Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team, and Kunar Gov. Fazlullah Wahidi, walk through the provincial governor’s compound in Asadabad, Afghanistan May 9. The ambassador participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Asadabad Courthouse, a recently completed PRT project in Kunar. (Photo by U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Nicholas Mercurio, Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs) KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan for Rule of Law and Law Enforcement, Hans Klemm, and two justices from the Afghan Supreme Court, Kabul, observed the opening of the new Asadabad Courthouse its first public criminal trial Asadabad, Afghanistan, May 9.


The Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team funded the three-story courthouse, which boasts 30 rooms and a price tag of $440,000.
 
“This courthouse represents the power of law under the Afghan Constitution,” Klemm said. “It is a strong symbol of the enduring partnership between the people of the United States and the people of Afghanistan.”

One of the tallest buildings in the provincial capital of Asadabad, the courthouse is instantly recognizable due to its curved facade, a rarity in Afghan construction. 

Klemm said the uniqueness of the building’s appearance lends itself to the symbolic prestige it holds among the people of Kunar, who have come to embrace the rule of law due to the growth of public trials across the province.

“In Kabul we are very familiar with the progress of rule of law in Kunar,” Klemm said, “particularly, the innovation of frequent open and public trials at the district and provincial levels.”

Accordingly, this courthouse is more than just a symbol, he said, “it is the embodiment of a functioning justice system.”

“Justice is the foundation of an Islamic society,” said Kunar Gov. Fazlullah Wahidi, during his remarks.  “This courthouse is where justice lives in Kunar.”

Wahidi said he is proud of the progress made in rule of law and pledged his continued support to Kunar’s justice officials. 

“Kunar is the house of justice,” Wahidi said, repeating a theme inspired by neighboring Nangarhar Province’s civil war-era reputation as the “house of peace.” 

Kunar provincial justice officials, led by Kunar Chief Judge Mohammad Ashraf, wasted no time with the new facility, holding the building’s first public trial immediately following the opening ceremony.

“Over the last year and a half the Kunar justice system has developed into a real institution,” said Abraham Sutherland, U.S. Department of State rule of law advisor to Kunar. “This is not just the opening of a new government building, Kunar’s judges are ready to use it, as shown by today’s trial.”

Local and national media along with 100 spectators attended the trial. Two defendants were convicted of the kidnapping and rape of a 13-year-old boy and sentenced to 18 years in prison. A third defendant was acquitted of lesser charges.KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Kunar Gov. Fazlullah Wahidi, (left), and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Hans Klemm (center), hold the ribbon for Afghan Supreme Court Justice Mohammad Omar Babrakzai, member of the Supreme Court High Council, during the grand opening of the Asadabad Courthouse, May 9. The three-story courthouse is a $440,000 rule of law investment by the Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team and serves as a visible symbol of justice throughout the province. (Photo by U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Nicholas Mercurio, Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)
KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Police officers stand guard over three men accused of the kidnap and rape of a 13-year-old boy during the first public trial held in the Asadabad Courthouse May 9. The trial was held immediately following the ribbon-cutting ceremony which officially opened the courthouse, a project funded by the Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team, after 16 months of construction. (Photo by U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Nicholas Mercurio, Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)

 

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