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Ghani signed Ferozi’s release orders: Prison commander

Ghani signed Ferozi’s release orders: Prison commander

Nov 25, 2015 - 19:06

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Bagram detention centre commander on Wednesday claimed President Ashraf Ghani had ordered the National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) to shift former Kabul Bank chief executive Khalilullah Ferozi from jail to hospital.

Commander Mir Saib Gul provided the information to the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon’s Complaints Commission after being summoned to explain his position on the release of Ferozi from jail to participate in a multimillion township project launch ceremony.

Gul informed the parliamentary panel members: “Khalilullah Ferozi was shifted to Shah Amanullah Khan Hospital by NDS officials who said he had sugar and cardiovascular diseases. They showed an NDS letter signed by President Ghani.”

The commission welcomed the information and recommended that senior government officials, who attended the housing scheme contract-signing ceremony with Ferozi, should be introduced to the Attorney General’s Office.

The event was attended by president’s special representative for reforms and good governance Ahmad Zia Massoud, former presidential advisor Abdul Ali Mohammadi, Urban Development Minister Syed Sadaat Naderi and some parliament members.

The project “Smart City Township” will see the Kabul Bank defaulters to take part in the investment, with government officials saying it would enable the debtors to pay their obligations.

Ferozi and Sher Khan Farnood -- founder of what has come to be dubbed as a piggy bank -- had been convicted on charges of defrauding the Kabul Bank of nearly a billion dollars.

Each was sentenced to 10 years in jail in December 2014. One of the leading Afghan tycoons, Ferozi, is said to be serving his jail term at night under a deal with the government.

But Ferozi on November 4 signed an agreement with the government to invest $98 million as initial budget in the Smart City Township project in capital Kabul.

Ferozi has recently said he owed $137 million based on the final decision of the Kabul Bank tribunal and he had so far paid 20 percent of the money.

Allowing Ferozi to take part in the township project drew strong reaction from people, prompting President to cancel the agreement and suspend Abdul Ali Mohammadi. Ghani also appointed a special commission to investigate the issue.

The Bagram jail commander said he had shared the order letter “code number 40” with the Chief of Army Staff and the National Security Council (NSC) twice through email.

He said they were legally bound to take a prisoner to hospital if he had healthinfo-icon problems. Gul said jail officials did not know Ferozi would sign an agreement. He did not provide more details, but shared a copy of the NDS letter.

The lower house’s complaints commission head, Zalmai Zabuli, said the government should start action from the Presidential Palace if it really wanted justice to be implemented because the president himself had violated the law.

About the NDS letter signed by the president, Zabuli said: “The signature attributed to the president should be clarified because it looks like done by a child.” He added the officials involved in the Smart City Township project be identified and investigated.

The president should introduce Ahmad Zia Massoud, Abdul Ali Mohammadi and Sayed Sadaat Mansoor Naderi to the Attorney General Office, Zabuli demanded.

Meanwhile, Sayed Zafar Hashemi, deputy presidential spokesman, denied Ferozi had been released from jail in compliance with orders from the president and said the issue would be investigated.



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