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    3 policemen jailed for misleading court

    KABUL CITY (PAN): Three policemen of the 9th police district in Kabul were sentenced from one to five years in jail for misleading a court in an alcohol smuggler’s arrest case, the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) said on Saturday.

    One of the policemen, who had arrested the smuggler at the Kabul Airport Road, was sentenced to one and a half years in jail for not pursuing the case after the arrest, a spokesman for CJTF said.

    Ahmad Khalid Mowahid told Pajhwok Afghan News that two other policemen were imprisoned for five years for misleading the court in the same case.

    The two had produced a different person, a drug addict, instead of the real smuggler, he said, adding the addict was from Bagh-i-Alimardan area.

    The drug addict was dressed up in new clothes before being introduced to the CJTF.

    The addict told the court that a black-coloured vehicle picked him up and the occupants took him to a public bath, where he was given new clothes. The policemen then registered the seized vehicle of the alcohol smuggler under his name and later introduced him to the CJTF.

    The duo was convicted in an open trial of a Primary Court on the basis of evidence produced by attorney Lailoma Noori, Mowahid said. The individuals could move an Appellate Court against the Primary Court’s decision.