KABUL (Pajhwok): A Wolesi Jirga hopeful from southeastern Paktika province has managed to secure a place at the final list of candidates despite being sentenced to five-year jail term by a court, Pajhwok Afghan News has learned.
Haji Mohammad Mirza Katawazi, a Wolesi Jirga candidate from Paktika province, has been punished by the primary court of first Police District in capital Kabul, over committing fraud in making of armored vehicles registration plates.
Katawazai, who is the head of Hijran Hijrat Business Company often summoned by the court but he never bothered to appear before the judge and the court finally announced the decision in his absence in October 2015.
Earlier, Katawazai was arrested by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) but he managed to secure his release on bail in line with the orders from the Attorney General Office (AGO) and his case was made part of the regular court hearings.
Habibullah son of Mohammad Nader, in charge of the Afghan Khalej Tourism Company, who released Katawazai on bail failed to bring back the accused thus the court decided to keep Habibaullah under watch as well.
The documents available with Pajhwok Afghan News explained that the accused failed to appear before the NDS criminal court for the solution of the case against him.
According to another source, Mirza Katawazi has been involved in falsification of registration plates of 75 armored vehicles but was released by bail offered by Habibullah, head of the Afghan Khalej Tourism Company.
The source said: “Mohammad Mirza Katawazai has been released on bail and since then summoned by different security institutions but he ignored them and did not appear before the court.”
According to the source, the case of Katawazai was still pending at the NDS, but he still did not appear before the court.
Ali Raza Rohani, spokesman for the Independent Election Complaint Commission (IECC) refuse to comment over Katawazai’s case but stressed the election body decisions based on the election and complaint laws and behaviors.
“Our decision regarding candidates disqualification based on article 39th and 44th of the election law adding the commission checked the documents of candidates and decided according to the law,” he said.
He added if more documents received by the IEC which could suggest that a particular candidate could not meet the criteria the commission would disqualify him.
Matiullah Mashraqiwal, lawyer of the Hijran Hijrat Company said the head of this company is Haji Humayon Humayon and the company has nothing to do with this case.
Akbar Raheel, speaking on the behalf of Haji Mirza, said: “The case belonged to the Hijrat Hijran Company and nothing to do with us.”
“Our political rivals are worried and tried to level wrong allegations on us to weaken us politically,” he noted.
He claimed if Haji Mohammad Mirza Katawazai has been mentioned in this report they would claim for defamation.



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