Justice for Yamaa Siawash

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“Losing him (Yamaa Siawash) is a great loss not only for his people in Afghanistan, but for the humanity.” says: Dr. Aparna Serio Estava, the dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts at Noida International University

Recruitment of Yamaa Siawash by the Bank of Afghanistan

Yamaa Siawash was recruited by the Afghan Central Bank, also known as Bank of Afghanistan at the repeated and adamant requests of the director of the bank. After the spokesperson position of the Central Bank changed into a different one, the director of the bank decided to have the ex-spokesman introduce Yamaa Siawash as his successor. However, Yamaa Siawash did not accept the position as he had previously been critical of the government’s actions in numerous instances. Consequently, as a result, the director of the bank decided to assign him the bank’s consultant. Although Yamaa would not agree to this assignment in the beginning citing the fact that his education had been in political sciences, he finally accepted it because of the insistence of the bank’s head.

Only a few weeks had passed since he was assigned this position that he was martyred when a service car of the Afghan Bank blew up in a suspicious explosion.

The questions and ambiguities we - his family – have about this suspicious attempt resulting in his martyrdom are as follows:

The government’s service car which carried Yamaa Siawash from home to the bank was equipped with GPS. On the last Thursday before the assassination, the car returned to the bank after taking Yamaa Siawash home, so it must have been parked at the parking lot of the bank. Then, it was detonated on Saturday while taking Yamaa Siawash from home to the office.

An investigation must be carried out on the commuting route of the bank’s service car and its stops on its way from the bank to Makrourian 4 through GPS, covering the date of the aforementioned assignment through the date explosion took place.

As the bank’s service car must have been parked in the bank’s parking lot, and as the parking lot is monitored by surveillance cameras, the footages of bank’s surveillance cameras from the date he was assigned the position to the date of the attempt must be reviewed.

It is said that all movements of motorized vehicles around the Presidential Citadel (the Arg) are surveilled by a balloon floating over the Arg. Thus, the data gathered by that balloon during the same period; that is, from the date Yamaa Siawash took over his position until the day of explosion, must be examined.

The results of an overall investigation can be deemed complete only once the data collected from the GPS of the car, bank’s surveillance cameras, the surveillance balloon floating over the Arg, CD’s of security cameras installed at junctions of the route from the bank to Makrorayan 4th kept at Kabul’s Security Headquarters corroborate one another.

It is said that explosion was not caused by a sticking-type bomb because at the time of explosion Yamaa Siawash was blown away upward and the ground was dug. This shows the complexity of the explosion and ambiguity of the type of bombing.

It is said that the bomb planted in the car was not a time bomb as the congestion in Kabul’s traffic makes it impossible to predict how long it would take the car to get from the bank t Makrorayan 4th. Besides, Yamaa did not frequent his office at fixed hours. Therefore, the detonation may have been controlled and carried out remotely.

What even further arouses the justified suspicion of Yamaa Siawash’s family is the fact that whereas De Afghanistan Bank’s Administration is expected to launch investigations to identify the perpetrators of this heinous attempt, it sets up a fake commemoration ceremony on its own during these horrible and heart wrenching moments and even invites Yamaa Siawash’s family – an invitation which was declined - only to cover up his shed blood.

In addition, the director of the bank called Yamaa Siawash’s father after a day or two from the event and spoke in total indifference and cold blood of the cooperation of the security offices stating that the management of the bank was not interested in cooperating with the bodies interested in finding the facts.

Considering the technical nature and extreme complicatedness of the situation, Yamaa Siawash’s family have the following requests:

The murderer who managed to plant the explosives in the car must be identified through examining the GPS of the car, the bank’s surveillance cameras, the surveillance balloon floating over the Arg, as well as the security cameras of roads and junctions on the route between the bank and Makrorayan 4th. Until then, we will not point the finger of blame at anyone.
If the competent authorities refrain from cooperation in finding the murderer, as by law those who hides a murderer are murderers themselves, we will claim against those authorities.
As the investigation of Yamaa Siawash’s murder requires professional insight, in the event that the recordings of the surveillance cameras are tampered with, we shall reserve our right to ask the UN for an impartial forensic team to convince us.
We want the government to identify Yamaa Siawash’s murderer as soon as possible, bring him to justice and punish him by the law.
As long as the truths about Yamaa Siawash’s martyrdom are not established, we shall consider immature hence of no validity any misjudgments published on Facebook and other social media.
We believe that the silence, indifference and even the prejudiced justifications of the bank and the government during the week following Yamaa Siawash’s martyrdom are raising questions. We request the UN’s office to exert pressure on the Afghan government so that it identifies and detains the perpetrators of this murder in no time.
If ever the government tries to leave the file of Yamaa Siawash’s murder into oblivion, the way it has routinely done with such cases during the past twenty years, we shall reserve our right to file our complaint with the Haugh International Tribunal.
It is still a question for us why and how Yamaa Siawash who was not a high-ranking government official, member of a party, but a citizen who was living a normal without fear and threats was targeted and murdered in such an intrigue and tragic scenario and the government remains so calm in response to this disaster.
For me, Mohammad Davoud Siawash, Yamaa Siawash’s father and heir, the priority is to establish his right as a servant of God, identify his murderer and take him to justice. If I ever fail to defend my son’s blood, life shall bear no meaning to me. As a grieved father I swear to my blood-bathed martyred son that

If I do not claim your blood,
Oh, my child, o my soul,
Death be to me, curse be on my soul
Death be to me and my shameful future.

The deadline for response to the questions and inquiries raised herein above is one month from the date they are raised. The government must find the murderer otherwise the government itself is the murderer.

I am sending this complaint letter to the following recipients via the Internet:

The President
The head of the Bank o Afghanistan
The Speaker of the Parliament or “Wolousi Jerga”
UN’s Representative Office in Kabul (UNAMA)
Human Rights Independent Commission
The Hague International Tribunal
Ministry of Interior
Head of National Security
Attorney General

Mohammad Dawooud Siawash
Father of the Martyred Yamaa Siawash