South Asia

Afghan government accountant sentenced for corruption

An Afghan anti-corruption court has sentenced a government accountant to 15 years in prison for corruption.

Mohammad Noor, who worked for the Ministry of Religious Affairs, was arrested on arrival last year at Kabul airport carrying $350,000 (£240,000).

Prosecutors said it was a bribe and that he was carrying it for his boss, Sidik Chakari, who was then the minister for religious affairs.

Mr Noor denied the charge. Mr Chakari, a British citizen, is now in the UK.

Prosecutors have also charged him with corruption and are seeking his extradition.