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Dawi and his deputy awarded jail terms by ACJA court

Dawi and his deputy awarded jail terms by ACJA court

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Aug 16, 2017 - 16:13

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A primary court of the Anti-Corruption Justice Center (ACJC) on Wednesday sentenced Abdul Ghaffar Dawi, owner of the Dawi Oil Company, his deputy and four former officials of the Afghanistaninfo-icon Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) to different jail terms

Accused of fraud, collusion with government officers, misuse of authority and forgery, the men were awarded jail terms at the end of an open trial in the presence of civil societyinfo-icon activists and media representative.

Prosecutor Mohammad Alam Atiq presented case details and reasons for conviction of the men. He said the head of the Dawi Group of Companies had won a fuel supply contract from the state-run Aryana Airlines in collaboration with some of ACAA officials in 2006.

Dawi Oil Company monopolised the contract until 2013. Atiq said the accused had also acquired seven acres of land without meeting legal formalities, inflicting a loss of $3 million on the government.

He claimed Dawi had borrowed $16.1 million from the Kabul Bank in the names of 17 different companies by forging documents between 2006 and 2007. Besides failing to return the debt, his owes, Dawi also did not pay $19 million interest to the bank.

Atiq added Dawi and his deputy had defrauded Afghan Global and Maihan Petroleum firms of millions.

But Najla Rahil, defence lawyer for Dawi, rejected the prosecutor’s claims and said his client was a victim of a conspiracy. She called allegations the leveled against Dawi unconstitutional.

The Kabul Bank case had been closed, with the convict having agreed with the special court to clear his dues, she argued, explaining the Aryana Airlines case was still being heard by a commercial court.

After hearing arguments from both sides, judicial delegation of the primary court of ACJC announced its decision. Dawi and his deputy Mohammad Asghar Ghayasi each was sentenced to nine years and nine months in jail and fined $38 million.

Former deputy head of ACAA, Raz Mohammad Elmi, was sentenced to six months in jail and fined $3,000 for dereliction of duty. Another ACAA official, Abdur Razzaq Zalali, jailed for five years and fined 3,000 for misusing his authority.

Two other officers of the ACAA were sentenced to six months in prison. Sher Aqa Munib, leading the judicial delegation, said the verdict was not final and the convicts could appeal it within 20 days.

Abdul Ghafar Dawi was arrested on March 4 on charges of getting contracts from the government fraudulently and not returning loans worth millions of dollars.

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