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Qasimi causes $9 million in losses to government: AG

Qasimi causes $9 million in losses to government: AG

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Mar 29, 2011 - 13:07

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The former minister of transport and civil aviation was detained in a corruption case that cost the government $9 million (407.5 million afghanis), the attorney general said on Tuesday.

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.

The case of Qasimi was sent to the anticorruption court on Monday, he said.

A prosecution official at the National Directorate of Security said in 2005 that Qasimi was accused of embezzlement relating to the flying of pilgrims to Saudi Arabia for the Hajjinfo-icon, but Qasimi denied the charges at the time.

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