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Karzai advisor held on graft charge: official

Karzai advisor held on graft charge: official

Mar 29, 2011 - 15:07

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The chief of the Afghanistaninfo-icon Investment Support Agency (AISA), Noorullah Dilawari, who is also an advisor to the president on bank affairs, has been arrested on corruption charges, an official said on Tuesday.

Dilwari was arrested Tuesday afternoon, an official at the prosecutor’s office told Pajhwok Afghan News on condition of anonymity. He said further details would be released to the media later.

AISA deputy head, Mohammad Nasim Akbar, said Dilawari told them he was going to attend at meeting at noon, but did not return to the office.

Dilawari, a former executive at Da Afghan Bank, the country’s central bank, is adviser to the president on bank affairs. He had been working as chief of AISA, which assists investors and provides them with up-to-date information on Afghanistan’s investment opportunities, for more than 18 months.

His arrest came after a former minister of transport and civil aviation was detained in a multimillion dollar corruption case.

Anayatullah Qasimi was detained on Monday in Kabul for activities linked to his time as minister, a spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office, Amanullah Eman, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Qasimi was appointed minister of aviation and transport in Dec. 2004 and worked for one year and four months.

He has been accused of causing losses to the government of $9 million linked to a deal to buy four Boeing planes, rent two others and issue licences for others, Eman said.

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