Interpol allegations against Haidari baseless: MoI
KABUL (Pajhwok): Tax evasion and fraud allegations against Mohammad Yaqub Haidari, President Ashraf Ghani’s choice for the agriculture minister, have been found baseless, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Sunday.
After Haidari’s name appeared on the most-wanted list of Interpol for fraudulent behavior in Estonia, he was forced to decline his nomination for the ministerial post pending investigations.
He had rejected the allegations as baseless. Afghan Interpol found Haidari’s entry into Estonia had been banned for untenable reasons and the fraudulent behavior allegations were unjustifiable.
A statement from MoI said Haidari had requested many times for the ban to be lifted so that he could return to Estonia to clear his name.
Despite a 2004 court ruling that exonerated him, police did not allow the cabinet nominee entry. Estonia’s Interpol also did not provide satisfactory answers to letters from Afghan counterparts.
Yaqub Haidari claimed the Estonian government had frozen his assets worth millions of dollars, a clear violation of his rights, the statement added.
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