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Abdul Salam Azimi (born 1936) in Farah province is an ethnic Pashtun of Noorzai clan and has been the Chief Justice of Afghanistan and, as such, the head of the Afghan Supreme Court since May 2006.

A former professor at the University of Arizona, Azimi was educated in the U.S., served as legal advisor to President Hamid Karzai and assisted with writing the 2004 Constitution of Afghanistan.

As chief justice, Azimi replaced Faisal Ahmad Shinwari, a conservative Islamic cleric with no higher education. Azimi, in contrast, is reported to have gained a reputation as a fair-minded moderate active in upholding the rule of law and improving the country's dilapidated legal system.[1]

References

  1. ^ Kim Barker (2007-01-21). "At the Supreme Court, an unlikely new hero". Chicago Tribune. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/chi-0701210351jan21,0,7944559.story.  

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