Wahidullah Shahrani, former minister of mines and petroleum, is fined $1.5 million and was sentenced to 13 months in jail on Saturday.

According to Afghanistan’s supreme court, he was accused of misusing his authority for awarding contracts to a cement factory in Herat and dealt in a coal mine contract in the Sang-e-Pahlawanan district of Herat province.

He is said to have given the contract to an Iranian firm, according to the latest hearings the ministry under the leadership of Shahrani couldn’t t pay “$1.5 million guarantee money for a contractor”.

Shahrani rejected the charges.

This comes as three Afghan senators, who were busted over accepting $40,000 in bribes were released on bail, Attorney General’s Office said on Sunday.

The senators were reportedly named, Mohammad Anwar Bashliq, Liyaqatullah Babakarkhel, and Mohammad Azim Qoyash.

AGO stated, that the Senate opposed their arrest based on the law, and have demanded their release.

Three members of the Senate have been arrested on charges of accepting $40,000 in bribes, according to the National directorate and the Attorney General’s Office.

At least three men have been arrested in connection to bribery in Balkh province, the National Directorate of Security and the Attorney General’s Office said in a joint statement.

According to the statement, both offices in a joint operation on Sunday arrested three senators but earlier due to confidentiality in the case, these perpetrators were not named.

The released detainees have traveled to Balkh province for assessing the economic and security situation.


  • Mohammad Haroon Alim holds a BBA degree from Kardan University. He works as a sub-editor for Khaama Press.