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Afghanistan: Criminal Code

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made since the April 2002 Geneva conference in establishing a permanent criminal code for Afghanistan. (127073)

An interim criminal code for courts in Afghanistan has been in use since 2004. This interim code was developed with the support of the Italian Government, as Afghanistan's partner nation on criminal justice reform.

A draft of the permanent criminal procedure code has now been drawn up by the Afghan Government and it is anticipated that it will go before Parliament by mid-2008.