Western officials confirm reports that President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan and others in his government have repeatedly thwarted prosecutions against senior Afghan government figures.
Hey Karzai and his boys want to keep making money….
He’s beem fighting with the investigator’s and the US for quite some time….
This IS a problem in that the US put the guy in power….
And while the US needs him to help them fight the Taliban…
He seems to giving the US and his fellow countrymen the finger….
He, he, he….
In the old days before all this media instant stuff…
Karzai would be gone….
Replaced by a someone who can get with the program…
You democracy at it’s best (Coup’s and leadership changes, ah?)
He IS the head guy there
The other part about this is the average Afghan is well aware of this….
And will never quite trust Karzai, or his government since they are stealing from their population in broad day light..
Hell of guy to be in bed with….
Are we supposed to TRUST this guy?
Everyone got their wallets?
Fazel Ahmed Faqiryar, the former deputy attorney general, said investigations of more than two dozen senior Afghan officials — including cabinet ministers, ambassadors and provincial governors — were being held up or blocked outright by Mr. Karzai, Attorney General Mohammed Ishaq Aloko and others.
Mr. Faqiryar’s account of the troubles plaguing the anticorruption investigations, which Mr. Karzai’s office disputed, has been largely corroborated in interviews with five Western officials familiar with the cases. They say Mr. Karzai and others in his government have repeatedly thwarted prosecutions against senior Afghan government figures.
An American official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that Afghan prosecutors had prepared several cases against officials suspected of corruption, but that Mr. Karzai was “stalling and stalling and stalling.”
“We propose investigations, detentions and prosecutions of high government officials, but we cannot resist him,” Mr. Faqiryar said of Mr. Karzai. “He won’t sign anything. We have great, honest and professional prosecutors here, but we need support.”
This month, Mr. Karzai intervened to stop the prosecution of one of his closest aides,Mohammed Zia Salehi, who investigators say had been wiretapped demanding a bribe from another Afghan seeking his help in scuttling a corruption investigation.
Mr. Karzai’s chief of staff disputed Mr. Faqiryar’s characterization of the president’s involvement, saying that the president had instructed the prosecutors to move cases forward “appropriately.”
“I strongly deny that the president has been in any way obstructing the investigations of these cases,” said the chief of staff, Umer Daudzai. “On the contrary, he has done his bit in all these cases, and it is his job to make sure that the justice is not politicized. And, unfortunately we see in some of these cases that it is politicized.”……Share on Facebook