Afghan court convicts British national for selling alcohol in Kabul


A British national has been sentenced to five years and four months in prison for selling alcoholic drinks in Afghanistan, an official said on Wednesday.

Supreme Court Spokesman Abdul Fahim Qaweem told dpa that the appeal court session was held on Tuesday where the British citizen was found guilty of selling 1,234.55 litres of alcoholic drinks.

The Briton was officially heading a logistics company in the country and could still appeal against the verdict in the Supreme Court, Qaweem added.
According to Afghan law, selling and consuming alcoholic drinks is illegal in the country.

It was not immediately clear where the authorities are keeping the foreign national. There is a US-funded detention centre at the Counter Narcotics Judicial Centre, where such cases are usually investigated.

The main prison in Kabul is the infamous Pul-e Charkhi prison in the east of the capital, where dangerous criminals and Taliban members are detained.

Earlier in March, Afghan security forces detained another British national for selling alcohol in the conservative Islamic country.

The Briton, who was known among his costumers as “the milkman,” was reportedly distributing alcohol to hundreds of customers including high-ranking Afghan officials.

When he was detained, officials seized around 2,000 bottles of alcohol and an armoured vehicle, which he allegedly used for deliveries.

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