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2 men get 7 months in jail over money laundering

2 men get 7 months in jail over money laundering

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Jul 10, 2018 - 17:22

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): An anti-corruption court in capital Kabul sentenced two men to seven months in jail each on Tuesday over illegal transfer of one million Saudi Riyals.

Prosecutor Ghulam Farooq said the punishment was handed down to Ezzatullah and Noor Habib by the primary court of the anti-corruption tribunal.

He said the two had been caught red-handed in Samarkehel area of eastern Nangarhar province illegally transferring one million and 75,000 Saudi Riyals to Kabul from Pakistaninfo-icon via Torkham Port.

But Ezzatullah said they worked as money-exchangers and had licenses to do the business and had filed an application to renew their licenses.

Defence lawyer Mohammad Khalid Karimi said his clients wanted to bring the money to Kabul when gunmen opened fire at their vehicle in Samarkhel area.

However, they did not stop and fled and then reached police who introduced themselves as National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) personnel, the lawyer said

But when the two reached the NDS office, they were told no one from the spy service was involved.

After hearing arguments from both the sides, Judge Sher Aqa Munib sentenced Noor Habib and Ezzatullah to seven months each in jail over the illegal transfer of money.

The convicts could appeal against the verdict.

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