KABUL (Pajhwok): The primary court of the Anti-Corruption Criminal Justice Center (ACJC) has sentenced Brig. Gen. Abdul Rahman Sarjang, former police chief of Helmand, to three years in prison.
Sarjang was appointed as Helmand police chief in October 2015; however, after five months in the slot he was dismissed and introduced to attorney’s office on the charges of abusing authority, embezzlement of a government vehicle and releasing two suspects from custody.
“Two soldiers Jannat Gul and Rohullah were arrested with 500,000 Pakistani rupees. After nine days, the two suspect soldiers were released by the accused (the police chief) after threatening a jail official,” said Mujiburrahman Adib, the ACJC prosecutor for the case.
Adib furthermore accused Sarjang of illegally appointing his own relatives to police ranks that resulted in the collapse of some areas to insurgents. Adib added a corolla model car belonging to the provincial police headquarters was also sold by his son and guards against $1,800 under his order.
However, the defense attorney, Mahmoud Akbari, of the police official spurned the accusations as baseless and said the claims had been made by a number of Wolesi Jirga members against Sarjang aimed at blackening his character and dismissal from duty.
He didn’t name the Wolesi Jirga members and said there was no proof and evidence against Sarjang.
At the court session, Sarjang said: “I swear I didn’t commit these acts, I don’t accept the accusations against me. I was not involved in what was said against me. There have been so far no accusations leveled against me during my 35 years of service, except for these.”
At the end, the primary court sentenced Sarjang for three years in jail, saying if the ruling was unsatisfactory; the suspect could appeal for appellate court within the next 20 days.
However, Sarjang said, he didn’t accept the verdict delivered by the court, saying he would take the case to appellate court.