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Journalist’s suspected murderers released from prison in north-east of Afghanistan

Sep 14, 2013

Mahmood Raghi: The provincial court of Kapisa, rejected the primary court 16 years in jails verdict for the two suspected murderer of Mohammad Mohsen Hashemi, a local journalist and ordered to release them.

However, attorney while called the verdict did not deliver justice and said they will appeal to the Supreme Court.

On August 13, Mawlavi Mohmmad Asef, 38 and Waism 28, brothers of the Mohsen were convicted to 16 years in jail and father and his another brother were acquitted due to lack of evidences.

The Provincial inspector attorney Habib faizi, told  to Afghanistan Journalists Centre (AFJC), that  the provincial court has said due to no evidences, the accused recognized innocent and were released.

"We have prosecuted the accused. They had made a life attempt at Mohsen and continued their hostility against him and asked the court a death penalty for all."

Faiz said, an appeal against the "unjust" verdicts will be filed with the Supreme Court.

Mohsen Hashemi 30 had worked as a Technician Manager of Voice of Najrab local radio. He was also a presenter of "Murwareed-i-Honar", a literary program and "Roydadhaye Hafte" a social and political program at the radio for four years.

His body which was shut in his head and had serious injury in the neck, found after 18 days missing from a well in Parayat village of the district in May 20.

The journalist's family members denied their involvement in the murder and called for a revision of the verdict. However, Mohsen Hashemi's wife had said that the verdict was unjust and warned against the possible release of the accused.

"My husband's father and three brothers were constantly arguing with my husband over various issues, such as temporary work at a French military base in the district; in particular, he was harassed and criticized for his social and political programs on the radio station, but Mohsen was constantly resisting them," she said.

"I have raised my voice against the verdict. They all should have been sentenced to death or life imprisonment. I am currently living with my one-year-old daughter at my father's residence and afraid of their possible release via the interference of a corrupt official and I fear more threats from them toward me and my child," Mohsen Hashemi's wife added.

Abdul Motaleb Hamed, Head of Voice of Najrab private local radio also raises similar concerns but hopes to see the appealing Supreme Court issue an appropriate verdict.

18 journalists, including 12 Afghan journalists have been murdered in Afghanistan since 2001, but authorities have shown no progress in pursuing suspects in 15 of them.

The planned 2014 NATO withdrawal has raised new concerns about the situation of media freedom and safety of journalists.

 

Journalist "murderers" sentenced to long-term prison in north-east of Afghanistan

August 13, 2013

Jajrab, Kapisa province: A primary court in Nijrab district of Kapisa province convicted two brothers of Mohammad Mohsen Hashemi, a local journalist for his murder to 16 years in prison and acquitted his father and another brother, but the attorney and the wife of the deceased journalist called the verdict injustice.

Khodadad, Head of Nijrab Primary Court of Najrab told Afghanistan Journalists Center (AFJC), that Mawlavi Mohmmad Asef, 38 and Waism 28, brothers of the Mohsen were convicted to 16 years in jail and father and his another brother were acquitted due to lack of evidences.

"The verdict was issued based on the dossier prepared by the attorney and in respect to the article 396 of Afghanistan Criminal Code, but both sides can appeal to the higher courts." He added.

Mohsen Hashemi 30 had worked as a Technician Manager of Voice of Najrab local radio. He was also a presenter of "Murwareed-i-Honar", a literary program and "Roydadhaye Hafte" a social and political program at the radio for four years.

His body which was shut in his head and had serious injury in the neck, found after 18 days missing from a well in Parayat village of the district in May 20.

Mohammad Dawood, district' attorney calls the verdict, injustice and said they will appeal to the higher court.

"We prosecuted the accused. They made a life attempt at Mohsen and continued their hostility against him due to family disputes." He added.

Family members of Mohsen Hashimi refused their involvement in murdering and called for the revision of the verdict. However, Mohsen’s wife said that the verdict was injustice and warned against the possible release of alleged people.

"Father and three brother of my husband had continuously making disputes against my husband on many issues; like temporary work at French military base in the district and in particular, he was harassed and criticized for his social and political programs at radio, but Mohsen was refusing them all the time." She said.

"I have raised my voice against the verdict. They all should have been sentenced to death or life imprisonment. I am currently living with my one year old daughter at my father's residence and afraid of their possible release by the interference of the corrupt official and the threats from their side toward me and my child." She added.

Abdul Motaleb Hamed, Head of Voice of Najrab private local radio also raises similar concerns but hopes to see the appealing court issue an appropriate verdict.

18 journalists, including 12 Afghan journalists have been murdered in Afghanistan since 2001, but authorities have shown no progress in pursuing suspects in 15 of them.

The planned 2014 NATO withdrawal has raised new concerns about the situation of media freedom and safety of journalists.

The body of a radio presenter was received from well

May 21, 2013

Afghanistan Journalists Center seriously condemns the mysterious murder of Mohammad Mohsen Hashmi, the presenter and technician of Voice of Najrab radio in Kapisa province.

Founder and chief of the private -owned Radio Voice of Najrab, Abul Motalleb Hamed, said the body of Mohammad Mohsen which is shut in his head and has serious injury in the neck, received from a well in Parayat village of the district, on Monday afternoon, May 20.

Mohsen hasemi, 30, who worked at the radio for four years, was presenter of "Murwareed-i-Honar", a literary program and "Roydadhaye Hafte" a social and political program, but he hadn’t come to the station for the last 18 days. He said.

The family members of Mohsen Hashimi were refusing to comment on his death, Abdul Motalleb added.

The district governor, Abdul Wadood Haidari, told the case is appeared to be a family dispute and police has arrested three family members for interrogation.

It is the second case of murder of journalist in Kapisa province in the last three months.

About three months ago, the presenter of private-owned radio, Dunya Zakeri, 18, was found dead in his house in Charikar city, capital of the province.

Dunya's family was refusing to comment on her death and no police action has taken to account yet.

Afghanistan Journalists Center considers these cases major threats to the freedom of expression in the country, especially in Kapisa and call upon local government authorities to pursue them seriously.

 

 

 

 

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