Pajhwok Afghan News

2 ex-Wardak officials acquitted in corruption case

KABUL (Pajhwok): The anti-corruption appellant court on Sunday acquitted two former officials of central Maidan Wardak province in a corruption case.

The court declared as innocent former police chief Khalilullah Andarabi and Mohammad Hassan Zazai, deputy head of administration, and dismissed graft allegations against them.

The court ordered investigation against officials who leveled ‘wrong’ allegations against Andarabi and Zazai.

Earlier, the appellant court had sentenced the two to 18 months in jail each, but the Supreme Court rejected the decision and ordered the anti-corruption court to review the decision.

Prosecutor Sultana Khak Nezad accused Andarabi and Zazai of embezzling 24 million afghanis which had been allocated for police food allowance.

Khak Nezad said Andarabi was the prime accused and Zazai had assisted him in the crime and both should be punished as per the law.

Defence lawyer Mohammad Saleem Rustami rejected the allegations and said his clients had spent the money in line with the Ministry of Interior’s rules.

Andarabi and Zazai also rejected the allegations against them and demanded justice.

Judge Anesa Rasouli acquitted Andarabi and Zazai and ordered investigation against individuals leveling baseless allegations against the two officials.

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