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Corruption charges: Wolesi Jirga official suspended

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: An investigative commission of lawmakers has suspended Wolesi Jirga’s Secretariat Director Khudai Nazar Nasrat on graft charges and illegal recruitments. The commission referred him to the Attorney General Office (AGO) on Saturday for further probe into the matter, head of the investigative commission of the house announced.

The facts and finding commission, comprising members from the five permanent panels of the Wolesi Jirga was assigned the task to probe allegations of corruption and illegal appointments against the director and present its findings to the house within three days.

On July 22, First Deputy Speaker Humayun Humayun leveled accusations against the secretariat director of the lower house for being involved in misuse of powers and illegal employment of individuals. But, Nazar rejected the allegations.

According to the latest report by Tolo News channel the Wolesi Jirga Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi and the secretary were accused of embezzlements in some contracts.

The report said 50 million afghanis had been paid from the government exchequer in rent for the speaker’s house and office outside the Parliament. The director was also charged with appointment a number of his blue-eyed boys to the Wolesi Jirga secretariat.

In Saturday session, Erfanullah Erfan, head of the investigative commission, announced the suspension of the director, return of 5.3 million afghanis by the speaker to the bank account of the lower house and a 10-17 days ban on the first and second deputy speakers from attending house sessions.

Erfan called on the Wolesi Jirga speaker to return 5.3 million that he had spent on personal expenses. Deputy Speakers Humayun and Obaidullah Barakzai would be banned from the house for 10 days and Lalai Hameedzai for 17 days.

Humayun and Hameedzai were banned for entering the Wolesi Jirga Television facility without permission and assailing lawmakers Gul Pacha Majeedi and Barakzai.

Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi has accepted the commission’s decision and promised to return 5.3 million which, according to him, had been spent on the security of his home and office outside the Wolesi Jirga.

Humayun and Hameedzai also accepted the decision and left the session. But Secretariat Director Nasrat was in denial to the verdict and accused legislator Hafeez Mansour of receiving $10,000 in bribe.

However, Mansour has not yet commented into the matter.

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