News Just Waiting to Happen: Anti-Corruption Afghan Prosecutor, Fired By Karzai

Via HuffPo: The Deputy Attorney General Fazel Ahmed Faqiryar told the New York Times Saturday that he was fired for refusing to block corruption investigations in “the highest levels” of Karzai’s government.

He said that cases against three or four former Afghan Cabinet ministers had been completed, but had been put on hold and had not been sent to the courts. Five provincial governors have been accused of corruption, he said. Two of the cases involving governors have been sent to court and three remain under investigation, he said.

In addition, Faqiryar said that several Afghan ambassadors to other nations have been accused of corruption. “We have worked on so many,” he said, unable to recall the number of cases involving ambassadors.

Just a week ago, on August 22, Afghan President Hamid Karzai admitted to intervening on behalf of one of his top aides imprisoned on corruption charges.  “Yes, absolutely I intervened,” Karzai said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “Not only did I intervene, but I intervened very, very strongly.”

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