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Graft case ex-minister banned from travelling abroad

Graft case ex-minister banned from travelling abroad

Apr 02, 2011 - 18:36

KABULinfo-icon(PANinfo-icon): The Attorney General's Office on Saturday said it had released a former aviation and transport minister on bail after his arrest on corruption charges, but he was banned from travelling abroad.

The top prosecutor office released Enayatullah Qasimi, former aviation and transport minister, on Thursday, three days after he was arrested on charges of corruption.

The former minister had been freed on bail, but slapped with a travel ban since his dossier was under investigation, the AG office's spokesman, Amanullah Eman, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Qasimi was appointed as minister in 2004 and he stayed on the post for 16 months.

The charges included selling of four Boeing planes, renting out two other planes, gaining flight permission for planes and misuse of authority, the official said.

On April 24, 2005, the National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) accused Qasimi of funds embezzlement in transfer of pilgrimages to Meccainfo-icon. But the former minister rejects the accusations as baseless.

The attorney general's office said Qasimi would face trial for misuse of public funds and abuse of authority and was freed under orders from the country's chief prosecutor, Mohammad Ishaq Alako.

Qasimi is accused of corruption and abuse of power while in office between 2004 and 2005.

On Tuesday the attorney general's office announced the detention of President Hamid Karzai's senior adviser Noorullah Delawari but hours later it denied he was arrested, saying simply that he had been taken to a detention centre to meet Qasimi, raising questions about possible government intervention.


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