Training for Anti-Corruption Justice Center (ACJC) Officials

The first training course for officials assigned to the recently established Anti-Corruption Justice Center (ACJC) was delivered by UNODC's Country Office for Afghanistan in March 2017.  The training was delivered in three sessions over nine days for 91 judges, prosecutors and police officers attached to the centre and focused on Afghanistan's domestic Anti-Corruption and related laws. On completion of the training, ACJC'S Chief Prosecutor, Mr. Erfani, highlighted the importance of such events and emphasised the need for their continuation in order to ensure the enhancement of staff expertise.

As this was the first such event, training focused on improving the knowledge and skills of ACJC staff in relation to the provisions of the Afghan laws, regulations and procedures under the Centre's jurisdiction as well as raising their awareness of the international anti-corruption frameworks.

ACJC was established in 2016 by Afghanistan's National Unity Government as one of its commitments to the international community in addressing corruption in the country. The center addresses high level corruption cases which are defined as those involving high ranking officials, such as Deputy Ministers and Governors, or which exceed AFN 500,000 (USD 7,500) in value. To pursue these cases, the Centre employs specialized police, prosecutors and courts that are independent from political and other pressures in order to impartially detect, investigate, prosecute and adjudicate corruption cases.

UNODC delivered this training through funding provided by the Government of Japan.