Afghan solider jailed for 15 years over defection
KABUL (Pajhwok): A military court in eastern Nangarhar province has fined and sentenced to 15 years in jail an Afghan National Army (ANA) service member for defecting to the Taliban, the Ministry of Defence said on Thursday.
A MoD statement said the 201 Selab Military Corps member Zaibullah, son of Habibullah, had deserted his duty post in Khas Uruzgan district of central Uruzgan province in June last year and defected to the Taliban along with his weapon and other military equipment.
A resident of Behsud district of Nangarhar, Zaibullah was serving in the Selab Military Corps fourth bridge’s third battalion. He was arrested from the Behsud bridge square area based on an intelligence operation, the statement said.
However, the MoD statement said the verdict was not final and the convict reserved the right to file an appeal.
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