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Rape case filed in court against ex-AFF officials

Rape case filed in court against ex-AFF officials

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Jul 22, 2019 - 13:56

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A rape case was formally filed in court on Monday against the former chief of the Afghan Football Federation (AFF).

Kiramuddin Karim and five other AFF officials allegedly raped and sexually harassed womeninfo-icon footballers while misusing their authority and concealing the crime.

The six accused were charged in the wake of an investigation. AFF's secretary-general, head of goalkeepers' committee, provincial communication chief, AFF secretary and security chief are the accused.

Jamshid Rasooli, the attorney general's spokesman, said the rape case against the ex-AFF officials had been referred to court. The accused have been barred from travelling abroad.

The allegations of sexual abuse led to missed paychecks after sponsors pulled out and families asked the female players to quit the sportinfo-icon.

FIFA suspended the AFF head and several other officials in December. President Ashraf Ghani had also ordered a probe the allegations surfaced in November.

The treatment of the female players, even those who have not alleged sexual abuse, illustrate the Afghan culture’s complicated approach to handling matters involving both women’s sexuality and participation in sportsinfo-icon.

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