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PublishDate: Sunday, February 14, 2021 16:04

Nangarhar Customs Officials Arrested on Corruption Charges

Head of Nangarhar customs office, Hashmatullah Walizai, and five other officials of his department were arrested on corruption charges, the provincial governor Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhil said on Sunday.

Afghan Voice Agency(AVA)_He said the arrested officials were sent to for further investigation.

He did not provide further details about the arrest of the officials.

On February 6, three members of the Meshrano Jirga, the Upper House of Parliament, were sentenced to 10 years and one month in prison each by the primary court of the -Corruption Justice Center on charges of accepting $40,000 in from customs officials in , the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) said.

Senators Mohammad Anwar Bashliq, Mohammad Azim Qoyash and Liyaqatullah Babakarkhil are accused of asking for $60,000 in bribe money from customs officials in the Hairatan port in the northern province of Balkh, the AGO said.  

They were arrested last year in December while accepting $40,000 in bribe money, according to the AGO.

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