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Rights bodies asked ensure transparency in Ahmadzai probe

Rights bodies asked ensure transparency in Ahmadzai probe

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May 30, 2019 - 19:36

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Council of Presidential Candidates on Thursday called for impartiality in ongoing investigation from Gen. Habibullah Ahmadzai and asked human rights organizations following the case to ensure his scrutiny went transparent.

The council, on the other hand, also said officials Ahmadzai had accused in his allegation should be suspended as part of the inquiry.

Gen. Habibullah Ahmadzai, a former special advisor to President Ashraf Ghani in national security, during an interview with a television channel last Friday said that he resigned over interference in his duty, wrong interpretation of democracy and promotion of prostitution in the Presidential Palace.

Some circles of advisors, ministers and public representatives in the Presidential Palace worked to promote prostitution, Ahmadzai had alleged.

The Attorney General Office (AGO) on Tuesday asked Ahmadzai to appear before it with evidence about his allegations against the Presidential Palace until Thursday, today.

The Council of Presidential Candidates in a statement on Thursday said that allegations made by Ahmadzai had created serious concerns regarding the Presidential Palace, particularly about Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon elections.

The statement said, “The AGO’s unilaterally summoning of Ahmadzai shows he is being treated against the law, when he accused a number of officials of corruption and used freedom of speech, why the accused officials are not suspended, those accused have to lodge complaints so both sides should be dealt with in an equal manner in the lawsuit.”

When no accused has lodged any complaints, then on what basis the AGO summoned Ahmadzai, the statement said.

The candidates called summoning of Ahmadzai by the AGO a unilateral move and expressed concern over silencing the freedom of speech when it comes to exposure of corruption in the Presidential Palace.

“If those officials who are accused of corruption are really innocent, they should lodge complaints, but they did not do so”, the candidates argued in their statement.

The president should realize the facts otherwise he and his partners would be responsible, the statement concluded.

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