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Corruption dazzling: ‘2,481 army personnel arrested over different charges including corruption’

By Farhad Naibkhel-KABUL: Ministry of Defense on Tuesday said that 2,481 army personnel including generals had been arrested over different charges during last year and were handed over to judiciary organs.

“1,394 personnel of army including civilian staff were sacked or changed for reforms in the past few months,” Said Deputy Minister for Strategic Intelligence Affairs General Helaluddin Helal.

He said that also recently 215 Maiwand army corps ex-commander arrested on charge of embezzlement and misuse of authority.

He said that the 215 army corps former commander General Moeen Faqir has been arrested over charge of corruption and handed over to Anti-Corruption Justice Center for further inquiry.

Faqir, the commander for 215 military corps was accused of duty neglect, misuse of food and logistic goods of the corps.

The ministry seriously continues to combat against corruption in army crew, he insisted.

Faqir was fired around six months ago from his post.

General Dawlat Waziri, spokesman for defense ministry, said that the arrested personnel were involved in corruption, taking bribe, murder robbery and duty neglect.

He stated that eight generals, one lieutenant, 11 commanders of detachments, 296 officers, 317 soldiers, 20 cadets and a number of civilian staffs were among those suspected.

They were sentenced to one to 20 years in prison.

Another senior official at the ministry Ghulam Sakhi Ahmadzai, said that a good system of reforms has been implemented in army crew.

He said that the ministry succeeded to save 6 billion Afs in the past year during procurement of process of food providing to army.

Pointing to equipment of army, Ahmadzai said that over 1,370 new armored vehicles with weapons were supplied to all army corps and detachments across the country in the past one year.

The officials informed of reform and combat drive against corruption in army crew, while recently Head of the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), John Sopko during his speech at Duke University said that corruption and mismanagement is the main factor behind failure of security forces in Afghanistan.

According to report Mr. Sopko allegedly claimed that commanders selling food, fuel and even weapons of the army to Taliban.

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