Labour director fined in graft case
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The director of labour and social affairs has been fined in a corruption case by a court in northern of Balkh province, an official said on Saturday.
Director Gulalai Hotak was fined after she was charged along with five other workers of the department with embezzling funds meant for martyrs’ families and the disabled.
In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Appellant Court Judge Fazlur Rahman Fazli said the five other accused were sentenced to more than two years in jail.
He said the officials were caught while trying to illegally withdraw funds from the department’s account. Subsequently, the primary court fined the director for dereliction of duty.
Still at large, Hotak would have to appear before the court in connection with the case, Fazli said, adding that the rest of the convicts were in custody.
Approached for comments, the director refused to speak on the issue. But provincial authorities confirmed the fine imposed on her.
Munir Farhad, the governor’s spokesman, said the five workers remained in detention. The case was being investigated, he added.
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