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Trial begins in 2015 Kandahar bank robbery

Trial begins in 2015 Kandahar bank robbery

Mar 12, 2016 - 21:58

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): A special anti-corruption court on Saturday issued arrest warrants for three persons in a 2015 bank robbery case involving own staff of the bank in southern Kandahar province.

The Da Afghanistaninfo-icon (central) Bank branch in Spin Boldak district was robbed of 76 million afghanis on January 18, 2015 and the accused, including the bank manager, fled to Pakistaninfo-icon.

The special court acquitted “not guilty” six officials of the bank including the regional manager, Fazal Ahmad Azami, and ordered the arrest of three other bank officials involved in the crime.

The money was stolen by former manager of the branch, Syed Ahmad Agha, who fled to Pakistan, but later returned and handed over the money to government officials on June 28, 2015.

On his return to Kandahar, Agha had confessed to running away with the money, but said he wanted to prevent the money from being embezzled by other colleagues. He handed over all the money to the government after contacting Kandahar police chief Gen. Abdul Raziq.

Kandahar crime department chief Abdul Rahim Alikhel said Agha had returned with the money on his own free will.

Defence lawyers for the suspects told the jury that they were innocent and insisted the real culprits were yet to be arrested.

After hearing arguments, judge Zafar Ghorzang acquitted six accused and issued arrest warrants for Syed Ahmad Agha and two other employees of the Spin Boldak branch, Abdul Satar and Abdullah. He ruled the court would issue its final verdict after the three persons were investigated.



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