Ex-Kandahar education director jailed for corruption
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): A former education director for southern Kandahar province and another official of the department have been sentenced to three years in jail over administrative corruption by the special anti-corruption court, an official said on Wednesday.
The two officials had committed corruption in construction and repairing of school buildings.
Special anti-corruption court head Zafar Ghorzang in an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News said that four officials were involved in the corruption cases referred to the court.
They included former Kandahar education director Aziz Ahmad Khalid, the department’s engineering section manager Eng. Abdul Rahman and two supervision engineers.
Ghorzang said the corruption charges had been investigated by the prosecutor and defence lawyers of the accused had argued in defence of the accused.
However, he said the court found guilty the former education director and engineering manager of embezzling above one million (1,019,000) afghanis in school buildings’ construction and repair contracts.
Both the officials were awarded three years imprisonment and the remaining two officials were acquitted for a lack of evidence, Ghorzang said.
Kandahar governor’s spokesman, Samim Khpalwak, confirmed the cases of a number of education officials accused of corruption had been referred to the attorney office.
He said no government departments, including the governor’s house, had any right to interfere in court’s decisions and corruption cases would be addressed based on the country’s laws.
Haji Sayed, a resident of Kandahar province, welcomed the special anti-corruption court’s ruling and said such measures proved that the local government was honest in fighting corruption.
Such measures were a warning for other government officials to avoid corruption, he said.
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