Afghan Journal

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Afghan court underscores governance challenge

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(British Former soldier Bill Shaw (L) sits alongside colleague Maiwand Limar in the Afghan anti-corruption appeals court at the start of his appeal against a two-year conviction for bribery. Shaw's chaotic court appearance underscores the challenge of improving the access to reliable justice for ordinary Afghans.)

(British Former soldier Bill Shaw (L) sits alongside colleague Maiwand Limar in the Afghan anti-corruption appeals court at the start of his appeal against a two-year conviction for bribery. Shaw's chaotic court appearance underscores the challenge of improving the access to reliable justice for ordinary Afghans.)

International aid workers in Afghanistan — and even new U.S. commander General David Petraeus – like to talk of building governance capacity, which basically means making sure the country runs its schools, courts, health services and so on properly.

But if you want a glimpse of the civil challenges still facing Afghanistan nine years after the ousting of the Taliban, you could do worse than talk to British ex-soldier Bill Shaw.

Shaw was on Sunday acquitted on a two-year conviction for trying to pay a $25,000 bribe for the release of two vehicles impounded by the Afghan intelligence services over vague registration irregularities.

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