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Anti-corruption justice centre holds first trial

Anti-corruption justice centre holds first trial

Nov 12, 2016 - 20:17

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Anti-Corruption Justice Center on Saturday held first hearing in two corruption cases involving a military attorney and a high-ranking private bank official.

The open trial was attended by the suspects and their defence lawyers. A number of government officials, representatives from some anti-corruption institutes and civil societyinfo-icon also participated in the hearing.

In the first case, the attorney said Maj. Gen. Abdul Hai Juraat, a senior official at the military attorney, had been accused of taking steps to get released a public order police officer who had been detained on charges of leaving duty and illegally transferring weapons.  

He said Gen. Juraat was caught red-handed accepting 50,000afs in bribe. However, the client’s defence lawyer was not ready to respond and asked the court to give him some time in order he prepare himself and present evidence in support of his client.   

Shir Aqa Munib, a primary court head at the Anti-Corruption Justice Center, accepted the request of the lawyer and adjourned the trial until next week.

Meanwhile, the prosecutor accused Farid Ahmad, customer services chief at Azizi Bank’s Kandahar branch, of transferring 152,000afs and $500 from one account to another illegally.

“According to the evidence from experts and Azizi Bank, it has been proven that Farid while misusing his authority took out the money from someone else’s account.”

Though the accused rejected the allegations as baseless, the primary court head after hearing from both the sides sentenced Farid to 10 years in Jail on the charges of embezzlement.

Yama Turabi, Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee head, said the trial was the first of its kind and was of great importance and a good omen.

“We are expecting big fishes to be brought to this court. This is a good act and we want more seriousness in accessing all big administrative corruption cases.”

According to Turabi, currently 16 cases were before the judges and the court was expected to decide them in future sessions.



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