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Kabul Korrespondence

Fresh, factual, and funky view of Afghanistan and the surrounding Central Asian region

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Police in the Afghan capital seized thousands of bottles of alcohol from restaurants and bars frequented by foreigners, local media reported Thursday.

Alcohol is illegal in the Islamic country though some bars and restaurants in Kabul do serve drinks to the thousands of foreigners based in the city.

Nine people, including women and foreigners, were arrested in the raids earlier this week, the Outlook newspaper quoted police as saying.

Outlook quoted Brigadier General Syed Adbul Ghafaar Syedzada, head of Kabul's criminal police branch, said 6,312 bottles of alcohol had been seized, 5,198 of them beer.

Among those arrested were seven women from Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Bosnia, Libya and Afghanistan, the newspaper said.

It quoted Syedzada as saying such establishments "mislead the young and encourage them to act immorally".

Bar owners in Kabul have said they pay enormous bribes to police to remain open.

For more in depth go to: http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/julius-cavendish-atmosphere-killer-as-expat-refuge-raided-1945060.html
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