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CJTF: 212 drug smugglers sentenced

CJTF: 212 drug smugglers sentenced

Jul 05, 2011 - 18:43

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) has sentenced 212 individuals on charges of drug smuggling, officials said Tuesday.

Ahmad Khalid Mohad, a spokesman for CJTF, told a press conference that the convicted drug traffickers had been sentenced to 4 to 20 years jail by the Supreme Court.

According to Mohad, the Court of Appeals of CJTF has followed 121 cases over the past three months and has convicted 183 people but has not rendered a final verdict yet.

Most of CJTF’s cases were from Helmand, Nimroz, Kabul, and Kandahar province, Mohad said, adding they do not have any cases from Logar, Khost, Daikundi, Nuristan, Panjshir, Maidan Wardak, Sar-i-Pul, Parwan, Paktia, Paktika, Kunar, Kapisa, Ghazni and Bamyan province over the past three months so far.

According to Mohad, drug trafficking cases have increased. Last year the CJTF processed 71 cases and sentenced 116 people. In the appeals court, there were 103 cases and 156 people sentenced, and in the primary court there were 107 cases and 178 people were sentenced.

Yar Mohammad Hussain Khel, an attorney and the director of CJTF, who participated in the conference, said that over the past three months 140 cases have been recorded and that as a consequence 193 people from different provinces have been detained.

He added that 11 government officials, three Iranian and Tajik nationals and one Afghan woman have been detained on charges of drug trafficking.

After research and investigation, 131 cases have been sent to primary court, 134 to the appeals court and 117 cases have been delivered to the Supreme Court, Hussain Khel said.


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