Fuel theft: Kapisa police officials referred to AGO
MAHMOOD RAQI (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Wednesday said the alleged embezzlement in fuel contracts of the police headquarters of central Kapisa province is under investigation and cases of the accused have been referred to the Attorney General Office (AGO).
Earlier, a delegation from the MoI’s Grave Crimes Investigation Department was sent to Kapisa to investigate about tens of thousands of liters of fuel stolen from the provincial police headquarters.
As a result of the investigation, some officials were detained on charges of corruption in logistics and fuel related issues and were sent to Kabul for further interrogation.
MoI anti-corruption director Habib Rahman Sahar told Pajhwok Afghan News corruption cases of Kapisa police headquarters had been referred to the AGO.
However, he said most allegations about corruption in the police headquarters were false and the embezzlement in fuel contracts was not on high scale.
“Anyway, the issue is under investigation and the court would make a decision soon,” he said.
Kapisa police chief Brig. Gen. Abdul Karim Faiq said the detained officers included logistics director and fuel, technical and intelligence managers.
He said the MoI had ordered reinvestigation into the corruption issue in order to find the main problem because recent investigations found that 40,000 liters of fuel had been stolen.
“There are many hands involved in the matter, we don’t afraid of anyone, we would enforce the law without facing any obstacles,” Faiq said.
He called on relevant organs to take action against those who falsely alleged widespread corruption in the Kapisa police headquarters.
“We are facing local and foreign mafia circles who hatch conspiracies against us and violate laws,” he added. The police chief said he had also been accused of corruption without any evidence.
Faiq said the security situation had improved in many areas of Kapisa and people could fearlessly travel after his appointment as the police chief.
Kapisa civil society institute head, Haji Hashmatullah Safi, said investigations into corruption issues should be transparent. He said corruption should be seriously probed and eliminated in all government offices.
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