5 Sep 2008

Afghan anti-drugs judge killed

8:19 am on 5 September 2008

The head of Afghanistan's anti-drug court, who was was leading a campaign to bring influential drug traffickers to court, has been killed.

Judge Alim Hanif, director and chief judge of the Central Narcotics Tribunal appeals court, was shot on his way to work, and died later in hospital.

The Criminal Justice Task Force, which announced the judge's death, did not give any details of the attack.

It said Judge Hanif's vision was to see the rule of the law and justice delivered in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan produced about 93% of the world's supply of opium last year, most of which is processed to make highly addictive heroin and exported abroad.

Corruption had hobbled efforts to combat the booming opium trade with powerful drug lords evading justice by simply making a telephone call to friends in high places, a UN official said in July.