18 convicted of drug trafficking
KABUL (PAN): Eighteen individuals were sentenced to three years and a month to 20 years in jail on charges of drug and alcohol trafficking, the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) announced on Saturday.
Having defence lawyers to plead their cases, the accused were convicted on the basis of evidence by an appellant court at the end of an open trial, CJTF spokesman Ahmad Khalid Mowahid told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Under the relevant law, a convict could move the Supreme Court against the appellate court decision.
Hailing from Helmand, Kandahar, Ghazni, Uruzgan, Badghis and Nangarhar provinces, the men were held with more than 2.5tonnes of opium, 128 kg of hashish and 106 litres of alcoholic beverages, he said.
Two weeks ago, 13 individuals convicted by the court on charge of drug trafficking were sentenced to 3.5-20 years in jail.
In the first quarter of the current solar year (Mar 22-Jun 21), the court of appeal has convicted 183 people on charges of drug trafficking. Four others were acquitted for lack of evidence.
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