Former vice chairman of DME sentenced to suspended imprisonment for violation of religious & ethnic equality

Sawabuddin Makhkash, a former vice chairman of the Directorate of Monitoring and Evaluation of the Administrative office of the president, was sentenced to two years suspended imprisonment on charges of violating the “religious and ethnic equality”, sources said.

Makhkash last year had shared an “ethnic-based” guideline under the name of “major works to be done” with the Pashtun employees of the Administrative office of the president through a Telegram channel. In this guideline he emphasized the elimination of non-Pashtun employees.

A source from the Attorney General’s office in Afghanistan, who did not want to be named, told Hasht-e-Subh daily that his case had been handed over to the Attorney general office on September 16, 2017 and this office passed the case to the court after prosecution.

The sources added that the court had recognized Mr Makhkash as innocent at the first meeting and eventually, after appealing of the Attorney General’s Office, the court sentenced Mr. Makhkash to two years suspended imprisonment. The source emphasized that this is the final verdict.

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