Public rep among 5 sentenced to death in Herat
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): A public representative was among five others sentenced to death in a kidnap-murder case by an urban court judge in western Herat province on Tuesday.
The sentences were handed down after an open trial witnessed by local residents and media representatives in Herat city, the provincial capital.
Judge Mohammad Shoaib Ibrahimi ruled that Mohammad Askar Anwari, a member of the provincial council, and four other individuals -- Zalmai, Faiq, Abdul Zahir and Taimor Shah ---were sentenced to death after convicted of being involved in abducting a man, which led to his killing.
He said two other persons accused of helping in the incident were sentenced 10 years in jail each.
Ibrahim also ordered to confiscate the residence where the kidnapped person had been kept. He also ordered giving 150,000afs seized from the kidnappers to the slain person’s family.
Ibrahimi said Mohammad Askar Anwari along with his four accomplices had kidnapped Mohammad Shah Aymaq and killed him despite receiving two million afghanis in ransom from his family.
The judge said the verdicts weren’t final and the convicts had the right to appeal at an appellate court against their sentences.
During the hearing, the judge ordered that Shi Aqa Sarwari, former Kushk district chief, and Mohammad Maroof Mohammadi, the Kushk district police chief, should be prosecuted on the accusation of misusing their authority.
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