Zabul appellate court chief removed
QALAT (PAN): The appellate court chief in southern Zabul province has been removed from his position on corruption charges, officials said on Tuesday.
Abdul Hadi Hamkar was fired amid reports that residents planned a protest demonstration against him, an attorney office source said on condition of anonymity.
He added local officials moved to prevent the demonstration, which they feared could turn violent. Hamkar was flown to an unknown location, the official revealed.
Deputy Governor Mohammad Jan Rasulyar said they had received reports about the planned protest against Hamkar for his alleged involvement in corruption. Local officials intervened to prevent the demonstration, he said.
The Attorney General Office in Kabul had been informed, said Rasulyar, who was unaware of Hamkar's removal from his post.
But residents and tribal elders claimed Hamkar's services had been terminated as a result of their complaints to the governor, the AG Office and the Presidential Palace.
Mohammad Daud Gulzar, a tribal elder, said they had evidence of the appellate court chief's involvement in graft and bribes.
He said the official was removed after tribal elders, including Senator Zalmay Zabuli, threatened to boycott the government. Hamkar's removal was a result of that threat, he said.
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