The Lower House of the Parliament, Wolesi Jirga, has approved Farid Hamidi as the new Attorney General (AG) during a voting process yesterday 9 April. Mr. Hamidi, who had served as the Acting AG since 5 March, received 200 votes of confidence from the lawmakers. EUPOL’s Head of Mission Pia Stjernvall met Farid Hamidi on 6 April to express her concern about the lack of cooperation between the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) and the Afghan National Police (ANP). This lack of cooperation is strongly effecting the implementation of criminal justice and the effectivity of the AGO. Head of Mission also emphasised the importance of the institutional reform of the AGO and professional competences of its staff.
Mr. Hamidi acknowledged that there is a need for better cooperation between the ANP and the AGO and further professionalisation of the AGO. He was interested in the provisions of the police – prosecutor cooperation document (SOP) jointly developed by the AGO and the ANP with support of EUPOL. Implementation of those provisions may well take the co-operation between police and prosecutors to the next level. Also, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the General Training Command of the Ministry of Interior and Professional training Institute of the AGO was discussed and it was acknowledged that joint training is an essential component to dovetail and strengthen the cooperation and coordination between the ANP and AGO.