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    17 convicted of drug trafficking

    KABUL (PAN): Seventeen people were sentenced from five to 20 years in jail on charges of drug trafficking, the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) announced on Saturday.

    Having defence lawyers to plead their cases, the accused were convicted by an appellant court at the end of an open trial on the basis of evidence, CJTF spokesman, Ahmad Khalid Mowahid, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

    Hailing from Nangarhar, Kunar, Nimroz and Helmand provinces, the individuals were arrested by counter narcotics police for trafficking 1093 kilograms of morphine, more than 17 kg of heroin and 567 kg of opium, he added.

    Under the relevant law, a convict could move the Supreme Court against the appellate court decision.

    The court of appeal has convicted 183 people on charges of drug trafficking during the past three months. Four others were acquitted for lack of evidence.