Back in early December I relayed the story of the conviction (and sentencing) of the mayor of Kabul on corruption charges, his refusal to vacate the position and the inability of the Afghan government to decide who was responsible for removing him.
On January 4th President Karzai fired the mayor. A civil engineer has been appointed to fill the position. A spokesman told AFP that the dismissal was not linked to the conviction. "No, it has nothing to do with the court case, the president just wanted to have a new and capable person in the job."