Defense lawyers claimed the case against some defendants was a conspiracy and said the court verdict was unlawful.
Four Jailed Over Corruption Charges
A primary court of the Anti-Corruption Criminal Justice Center (ACJC) on Sunday sentenced five individuals, including Hayatullah Dayani, the former CEO of Pashtany Bank (PB) to five-year jail terms and ordered the repayment of a 100 million Afs of stolen money.
The case prosecutor charged seven individuals of being involved in the embezzlement, but three of the defendants were found not guilty.
Defence lawyers claimed the case against some defendants was a conspiracy and said the court verdict was unlawful.
The four officials found guilty included Hayatullah Dayani, the former CEO of Pashtany Bank and his three colleagues: Saleh Mohammad, the incumbent manager of Pashtany Bank, Sayed Ehsan, former employee of the bank and Mohammad Najim. The money was allegedly withdrawn from the bank under Najim’s name.
Dayani alleged that the case was plotted against him by the Mafia and an attorney.
He claimed to have revived the bank which was on the verge financial recession.
“A debtor was arrested and confessed that he received loans. Everything was clear, then we were brought out of the jail and allegations were made that we are partners of he who confessed. We should be afraid of God,” said the main accused Hayatullah Dayani.
“This is totally a separate case, they don’t have other options except to relate it to the case,” said case attorney Ghulam Farooq.
But, the court was not satisfied by the justifications offered by the suspects and sentenced each of them to five years and one month jail terms and ordered the recuperation of 100 million Afs.
“On the basis of article 268 of the criminal law and in line with the article 273 of the criminal law, you (Hayatullah Dayani) is sentenced to 5 years and one month jail term in connection to the embezzlement of 50 million Afghani. You are ordered to repay the money,” said court judge Sher Aqa Munib.