Graft-tainted officials under investigation
KABUL (PAN): Cases of 20 graft-tainted officials, including an ambassador, a minister, a deputy minister and military commander, are under investigation, two senior counter-corruption officials told the Parliament on Sunday.
Deputy attorney general, Rahmatullah Nazari and head of anti-corruption court, Azizullah Ludin, were on Sunday summoned to the lower house of the Parliament to brief lawmakers on progress so far made with regard to countering corruption at government departments.
However, they did not name any official accused of corruption.
"A deputy minister, who has been sentenced to five years in jail in a corruption case, is still working on his post and we have no power to arrest him," Nazari told parliamentarians, fearing his arrest could spark violence.
He said the deputy minister had been accused of involvement in embezzlement of $100 million (4.532 billion afghanis) in 2005.
Cases of 20 officials were being finalised, with some cases under process, he said.
The special anti-corruption court had prepared dossiers of government officials accused of corruption to fight the menace, the court chief, Azizullah Ludin, said.
In absence of powerful political support, he said, dossiers of corrupt officials prepared between 2003 and 2005 could not be exposed, Ludin said, asking President Hamid Karzai and the Wolesi Jirga to support the court in this regard.
Afghanistan's Supreme Audit Institution, the Control and Audit Office (CAO), had sent 220 dossiers of officials accused of corruption to the Attorney General's office, an MP from Ghazni, Mohammad Ali Alizada, said. He said the Supreme Court was yet to take any action against the graft-tainted officials.
The deputy attorney said the dossiers had been sent to relevant authorities. But he did not give further details.
Chief of the control and audit commission of the house, Mohammad Hassan Fahimi, said lawmakers would cooperate with the court and the AGO office in countering corruption.
The two anti-corruption officials were willing to provide details to the media people about a closed door meeting with MPs, but Arifullah Rahmani, a representative from Ghazni province, stopped them to do so.
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