Former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Denies Fleeing The Country With Millions In Cash

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In the times following the autumn of Kabul, experiences circulated that Ashraf Ghani, who had as much as that time been the president of Afghanistan, had fled that country along with millions of dollars in cash stuffed in briefcases. In response to Ghani, these experiences aren’t true.

In a current press assertion, Ghani responded to critics of his response to the US’s exit from Afghanistan, critics who occur to incorporate President Joe Biden.

Ghani says he “owe[s] the Afghan folks a proof for leaving Kabul abruptly on August fifteenth after Taliban unexpectedly entered the town.” The press assertion went on:

“I left on the urging of the palace safety who suggested me that to stay risked setting off the identical horrific street-to-street combating the town had suffered in the course of the Civil Conflict of the Nineties… Leaving Kabul was essentially the most tough resolution of my life, however I consider it was the one strategy to hold the weapons silent and save Kabul and her 6 million residents.”

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Ghani additionally denied experiences that he fled the nation with $169 million in money, experiences that had been corroborated by a Russian embassy spokesperson. However in his assertion, Ghani mentioned this is not so:

“I have to now handle baseless allegations that as I left Kabul I took with me tens of millions of {dollars} belonging to the Afghan folks. These prices are utterly and categorically false.

Corruption is a plague that has crippled our nation for many years and combating corruption has been a central focus of my efforts as president. I inherited a monster that might not simply or shortly be defeated.

My spouse and I’ve been scrupulous in our private funds. I’ve publicly declared all of my property. My spouse’s household inheritance has additionally been disclosed and stays listed in her house nation of Lebanon. I welcome an official audit or monetary investigation underneath UN auspices or some other acceptable unbiased physique to show the veracity of my statements right here. My shut aides are able to submit their funds to public audit, and I’d encourage and urge different former senior officers and political figures to do the identical.”

Whether or not such an audit will happen stays to be seen.


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