Beleaguered Afghan judges get new vehicles from US

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Posted: Oct 12, 2010 3:46 AM
Beleaguered Afghan judges get new vehicles from US

The U.S. has provided Afghan judges and court officials with 19 new vehicles worth $1.2 million to ensure they make it to work safely in Kabul.

A U.S. military statement said Tuesday that the 13 vans and six sedans are needed because of the dangers facing 1,600 judges and court officials in the Afghan capital.

"One judge who was hearing a drug case was shot in the chest and killed in his own home after he refused to accept money in exchange for a verdict," it said.

U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Robert Harward says, "Providing safe and reliable transportation to judges who hear sensitive national security cases is of critical importance."

It was unclear what special safety features were on the vehicles.