'Corrupt' Mayor of Kabul sentenced

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The Independent Online

A court has sentenced the Afghan capital's Mayor, Mir Abdul Ahad Sahebi, above, to four years in jail for corruption and ordered him to return £9,800 of public money which it said he had "wasted" in awarding a contract without following proper procedures.

It is the first serious corruption conviction since Hamid Karzai's re-election. Mr Sahebi, who has denied the charges, was not in court and his whereabouts are unknown.