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Ex-election commissioners receive ‘two and a half’ years sentence: Appeals Court

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(Last Updated On: January 15, 2020)

Appeals Court has sentenced the ex-election commissioners each to two and a half years in prison.

The Chief Justice of the Appeals Court says the court’s verdict is not final yet, and the defendants can take their appeals to the Supreme Court.

The Heavy Crimes Justice Center held the trial for 11 of the former commissioners of the IEC and IECC on Wednesday.

The justice center reduced the verdict from 5 to 2.5 years for the 11 ex-election commissioners. The chief of the center underlined that the defendants should pay fines as well.

This comes as the former commissioners of the IEC and IECC considered their imprisonment as ‘political and biased’.

“They have dismissed us and entered our office. They have taken our personal belongings and used them as evidence against us. This is clearly biased,” said Abdul Badi Sayad, the former commissioner of the IEC.

Saleh Mohammad Saleh, the ex-MP from Konar Province said that around 6,054 votes from Konar had been dismissed by the IEC and IECC without any reason. He said that the IEC and IECC had violated the rights of 6,054 people.

The Heavy Crimes Justice Center sentenced the former commissioner and members of the IEC, the former commissioner and two members of IECC to 5 years jail. They were accused of misusing their power and changing the votes of Konar Province in the Afghanistan Parliament.

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Russia recognizes IEA’s ‘efforts’ to stabilize Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: October 20, 2021)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has acknowledged the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s (IEA) efforts to stabilize Afghanistan after the delegation arrived in Moscow on Wednesday for talks.

Lavrov added that the Kremlin is “satisfied with the level of interaction with the new Afghan authorities”, while pointing the finger at Daesh (ISIS-K) and al-Qaeda for trying to take advantage of instability in Afghanistan, RT reported.

Russians meanwhile said earlier that they’re not going to recognize the IEA government until they are able to prove their commitments to the world, Anil Trigunayat, a former Russian diplomat, told Times Now on Wednesday.

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Khalilzad: Afghanistan is facing ‘great challenges ahead’

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(Last Updated On: October 20, 2021)

Zalmay Khalilzad said a day after his resignation as the US State Department’s special envoy for the Afghan reconciliation process that the country was facing major challenges

“US forces are out and the war for the United States is over, but this is not the final chapter,” he said in a series of tweets.

Khalilzad also said he remained committed to peace in Afghanistan and the region.

“I am committed to the possibility of peace and prosperity in Afghanistan and in the wider region. This is what Afghans have yearned for more than 40 years. The United States stands with them,” Khalilzad added.

The Afghan-American diplomat said in the tweets that the United States, the international community and Afghan leaders would stay in touch and he welcomed Thomas West’s appointment as his successor.

He also thanked the US State Department, Defense and intelligence officials “who joined me on this mission “.

Khalilzad’s resignation came two months after the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) took control of Kabul.

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IEA delegation arrives in Moscow for major talks on Afghanistan

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An Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister Mawlavi Abdul Salam Hanafi has arrived in Moscow for a key meeting in Afghanistan’s future.

The Russian embassy in Kabul said a major international meeting will be held Wednesday to focus on the situation in Afghanistan.

“Members of the Moscow format, including Afghanistan, Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran, India, Central Asian countries and others, have been invited to attend the meeting,” the embassy said in a statement.

The statement added that the meeting, in which the conditions, including domestic politics, necessary to ensure the reconstruction of the country after the disputes in a broad sense will be discussed.

Eleven nations in total are expected to participate.

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