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Court sends behind bars army generals, officers over embezzlement

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: In a court verdict at least eight high-ranking officials of the Afghan National Army (ANA) have been sent behind bar for their involvement in embezzlement, corruption, and misuse of authority, Khaama Press reported.

The convicts are comprised of three generals, four officers and an ordinary employee of the Afghan army who had brought into the court of justice by the Anti-Corruption Justice Center during an open court hearing.

The army generals, officers, and employee were mainly tried for the embezzlement of 184,594 liters of fuel.

As per court verdict, “Mahmood son of Abdul Zahir was jailed for 20 years, Abdul Azim 18 years and five months jail term, Abdul Qadir, Mohammad Maruf, and Mohammad Haroon were jailed for two years and two months each, while Mohammad Asghar and Ahmad Jan were jailed for one year and one month each.”

The verdict was issued by the primary court of the special tribunal of the Anti-Corruption Justice Center which also directed the convicts to restore the embezzled amount of one million two hundred thousand and seven hundred US dollars.

The convicted army generals, officers, and the employee were taken into custody by the security forces during an operation nearly two months ago.

The trial of the army officials was initiated at a time when efforts by the government of Afghanistan for rooting out corruption and embezzlement from the key government institutions are underway as part of its commitment and solemn promise to the international community.

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