Judge toughens jail terms in Kabul Bank scandal, freezes Karzai brother's assets

November 11, 2014 6:31 PM

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Judge toughens jail terms in Kabul Bank scandal, freezes Karzai brother's assets

KABUL (Reuters) - An Afghan judge tripled the jail sentences of two former heads of Kabul Bank to 15 years on Tuesday at the end of a re-opened court case into the bank's collapse in 2010, which followed allegations of fraud and triggered a financial crisis.

Afghanistan's new President Ashraf Ghani announced on Oct. 1 that he would re-open the inquiry into the theft of almost $1 billion from the bank, fulfilling a campaign promise to make fighting corruption a priority.

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