1TV: The open trial of four former officials of the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing (MUDH) were begun on Sunday in Kabul after almost two years delay. The four officials were tried on charges of embezzlement of at least one billion Afghanis in Khwaja Rawash and Hakim Sanayee housing projects of MUDH. The primary court
1TV: The Afghan wedding halls will no longer receive “cash payments” from their customers based on the Finance Ministry’s new measure. The plan will require wedding halls to receive payments from their customers through the banking system. The measure is part of efforts to counter corruption and tax evasion. Click here to read more (external link).
Paul Alexander VOA News March 11, 2017 John Sopko’s message to the Afghan people is simple: Corruption kills. It kills soldiers and citizens alike. And if it’s not brought under control, it could kill the country’s fragile future. “People have to understand that corruption isn’t about just money,” said Sopko, who heads corruption watchdog Special
The Atlantic: Last April, Mohammad Farid Hamidi, Afghanistan’s 49-year-old attorney general, made an unprecedented pledge: From eight in the morning until eight in the evening each Monday, he would meet with anyone seeking legal counsel. On some days, this meant seeing as many as 200 petitioners. Hamidi, who came into power in April 2016, called the
Noor Zahid VOA News February 1, 2017 The smuggling of Afghan minerals supplies millions of dollars to armed groups, insurgents and strongmen in the country, an Afghan anti-corruption watchdog reported Wednesday. The Afghanistan Anti-Corruption Network said in a report that militant groups last year received at least $46 million from minerals and precious stones illegally
VOA News Ayaz Gul January 25, 2017 ISLAMABAD — The Taliban, in a so-called “open letter” to U.S. President Donald Trump, has called on him to help end what it denounced as a “futile” and “un-winnable” American war in Afghanistan. A copy of the letter, written by Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, was released to journalists Wednesday.
KABUL, Jan. 25 (Xinhua) — The government of Afghanistan is determined to fight corruption and eradicate the menace from society, said Presidential Spokesman Mohammad Haroon Chakhansori here on Wednesday. “The government has formed specific bodies over the past two years to check corruptions in the country and would continue to boost the war against corruption,”
Tolo News: President Ashraf Ghani’s Special Representative for Reforms and Good Governance Ahmad Zia Massoud on Tuesday said that the majority of cabinet ministers were appointed on the basis of political connections. He said that even the president was not able to question the weak performance of these ministers because of the political support they have.
Tolo News: A Ministry of Interior (MoI) general was on Monday sentenced to 14 years in prison by the Anti-Corruption Criminal Justice Center’s (ACJC) primary court after being found guilty of accepting a substantial bribe. The ACJC prosecutor said the deputy chief of MoI policy, Gen. Wase Rauofi, was arrested after accepting a $150,000 USD bribe
Michael Hughes: US and Afghan intelligence agencies apparently cannot stop themselves from supporting human rights-abusing strongmen like Perim Qul in their desperate effort to defeat the Taliban despite all evidence indicating the strategy has completely backfired. The insurgency cannot be defeated, however, if the Afghan government continues to alienate the population by backing predatory militias who