Sari-i-Pul military attorney accused of graft
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The Gosfandi district crime branch chief, Mohammad Zahir, has said “some senior security officials in northern Sari Pul province are more dangerous than Taliban due to their involvement in corruption.”
Zahir particularly mentioned the provincial military attorney office, saying many security officials had been forced into quitting jobs -- a claim rejected as baseless by the officials concerned.
The crime branch chief told a press conference in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, that a woman was allegedly rapped last solar year in Gosfandi district.
Zahir said his predecessor, accused of complicity in the rape case, was put under investigation by the military attorney office, but 10 days later he resumed charge.
He said the women had formally denied he had raped her, but he continued to be interrogated. Zahir accused Mohammad Shafi, a military investigating officer, of demanding id="mce_marker",000 in bribe from him.
Zahir said he approached the anti-corruption department, which detained Shafi, but released him soon afterwards. After his release, Shafi threatened him with death. He received similar threats from the military attorney chief, Col. Abul Manan.
He could not attend his office for the last one week, fearing attempts on his life. Zahir said such corrupt security officials were more dangerous than the Taliban because they were hidden enemies.
But Abdul Manan rejected Zahir’s allegations as baseless, saying he had never been summoned to the attorney office in the rape case.
Instead he claimed the primary court had referred Zahir to the attorney office for misusing his authority and his case was being investigated.
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