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Mayor of Baghlan provincial capital arrested for 'immorality'

29 March, 2013

KABUL: The mayor of the capital of northern Baghlan province has been arrested in Kabul for "immoral behaviour" with four other people, all of whom have been referred to an attorney general for sentencing, according to Kabul police.

Kabul Police Criminal Investigation Department said that the mayor Massoud, son of Mohammad Noor, was arrested with four other person including three women on Monday night in Kabul's Makroryan area for crimes of immorality.

"We received information that a number of people in Block 103 of Makroryan were drinking alcohol and engaging in immorality so Kabul police including a representative of the attorney general went there and we found the person named Massoud son of Mohammad Noor, the mayor of Puli Khumri capital of Baghlan province, and Mohammad Asif one of his friend's with three women," Gen Zaher Zaher, head of Kabul's criminal investigation unit said.

"The police arrested them on the spot and after primary investigations sent them to the East Zone attorney. According to the constitution of Afghanistan this act is considered a crime and they must be punished," Zaher added.

In the past year in Kabul alone, 225 crimes of immorality were registered, according to the police department.

"Last year there were 71 cases of adultery, 55 cases of homosexuality and around 99 cases of drinking alcohol were arrested and sent to the attorney," Zaher told TOLOnews.

In terms of the number of people arrested in these cases, he said 198 people were arrested in connection to adultery, 97 people in connection to homosexuality and 203 people in connection to drinking alcohol.


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