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2 Herat customs officials arrested over graft charges

2 Herat customs officials arrested over graft charges

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Dec 19, 2017 - 20:02

HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Intelligence officials on Tuesday arrested two customs department officials over financial corruption charges in western Herat province, an official said.

Jilani Farhad, the Herat governor’s spokesman, said the two individuals had allegedly embezzled more than one million afghanis and were finally nabbed by National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) members today.

He said cases of the detainees had been sent to judicial organs for investigation. More details would be shared with the media upon completion of the inquiry.

The two officials are being investigated amid growing concerns about corruption in the Customs Department of Herat.

Saad Khatibi, Afghanistaninfo-icon Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) head, expressed concern over widespread corruption in the administration of the Customs Department, saying the government should take serious steps against the menace.

Earlier, President Ashraf Ghani during a visit to Herat had said financial and administrative corruption was prevalent at Afghanistan’s ports, especially Herat customs duty department.

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