Thursday, 19 September 2019 07:18 GMT

Abdullah lambasts Ghani over release of Kabul Bank ex-CEO

(MENAFN - Afghanistan Times) AT News Report

KABUL: Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on
Tuesday lashed out at President Ashraf Ghani over the release of Khalilullah Ferozi,
ex-CEO of Kabul Bank convicted of multimillion-dollar fraud.

Meanwhile, Abdullah who is running for president in upcoming
September polls, at his campaign rally here said the upcoming presidential
election took precedence over the peace process and it will ensure a better
future for the country.  'We have to pay attention to the election if
peace does not come in the near future,' he said.

Abdullah also criticized the release of Najibullah Delawar
Khan, a former adviser to senate speaker, who was jailed for over 70 days over
links with terrorists and was released on bail last week.

Addressing his supporters at a campaign gathering, Abdullah
suggested that such moves are part of electioneering. 'Give answer Mr.
President!' he said.

Abdullah said that Afghans should focus on holding a transparent
and fair election, warning that failure to do so would result in formation of an
intolerable government.

Ferozi was arrested in the scandal of Kabul Bank – which
once was Afghanistan's largest financial institution – in 2010 when the bank
collapsed following embezzlement. The incident was a big blow to the Afghan
government and brought under question the ability and willingness of the
government to address widespread corruption.

The presidential spokesman, Sidiq Siddqi, had said that
Ferozi was moved into house arrest after the judiciary system examined his
health situation.

He said that the move was to help ensure that Ferozi stayed alive
to repay the hundreds of millions of dollars. He rejected claims that the move
was in exchange for campaign donation.

Afghanistan's upcoming presidential election is scheduled to
be held on 28th September while the US is pushing to conclude a peace with the
Taliban by September.

This comes as the US and the Taliban negotiators wrapped up
their eighth round of talks on August 12. The two sides are expected to sign a
peace deal soon which will reportedly pave the ground for intra-Afghan
negotiations and withdrawal foreign forces from Afghanistan.


Abdullah lambasts Ghani over release of Kabul Bank ex-CEO

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