Kabul: Afghanistan`s cabinet has
approved a bill which would allow government ministers and
senior officials accused of corruption to be put on trial, a
presidential spokesman said on Tuesday.
Once passed into by parliament or presidential
decree, the bill would allow the creation of a special
tribunal to try officials accused of graft, spokesman
Waheed Omar told reporters.
"This is an important initiative addressing the
cases of high-ranking government officials... ministers who
either currently or have in the past been accused of
corruption," he said.
Under Afghan law, ministers are immune from
prosecution in ordinary courts.
US-backed President Hamid Karzai promised to crack
down on corruption after being re-elected in controversial
polls marred by fraud last August.
Official graft is rampant in Afghanistan, putting
the poverty-stricken nation among the most corrupt governments
in the world.
According to one recent report by a local
non-profit watchdog, corruption in Afghanistan doubled in
three years since 2006.
Afghans paid USD one billion in bribes in 2009,
twice the value of those paid in 2006, according to Integrity
Watch Afghanistan (IWA).
In a poll of 6,500 Afghan adults, more than a
quarter of households said they had paid a bribe to receive a