Estonia’s charges against Haidari being investigated
KABUL (Pajhwok): The government has launched an investigation into the Estonian government’s corruption charges against a cabinet nominee, Mohammad Yaqub Haidari, an official said on Sunday.
Presidential spokesman Nazifullah Salarzai said Haidari’s case would be dealt with in accordance with the country’s laws.
International police, Interpol, has placed Haidari, the minister-designate of agriculture and livestock, on its most-wanted list.
Interpol’s website says: “Haidari is wanted by the judicial authorities of Estonia to serve a sentence for large-scale tax evasion and fraudulent conversion.”
Salarzai said Afghan security officials were in contact with Interpol to seek evidence in support of the allegations against Haidari. The presidential spokesman said Haidari’s fate would be decided once the investigation was completed.
Meanwhile, President Ashraf Ghani’s special representative on reforms and good governance Ahmad Zia Massoud said individuals accused of corruption would be replaced with new faces.
For his part, Haidari rejected the allegations, calling them a plot. He told Pajhwok Afghan News: “I went to Estonia in 1989 and got a permanent visa in 1994. I returned to Afghanistan in 2008 after the demise of my mother.”
Haidari added he had informed the authorities concerned in Afghanistan about the plot against him and had sought their help.
More than three months after being sworn in, the government named a 25-member cabinet and heads of two independent departments last week after missing several own deadlines.
The allegations against the cabinet pick come after Ghani promised a Wolesi Jirga delegation that ministers-designate would be introduced for a vote of confidence on Tuesday.
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