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President’s legal adviser not sacked: Spokesman

Abdul Zuhoor Qayomi-KABUL: Spokesman to the Presidential Palace said that legal adviser to the president, Abdul Ali Mohammadi, was not sacked.

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, Sayed Zafar Hashemi said that Mohammadi continue to serve as the president’s legal adviser.

Earlier, media reported that the legal adviser was sacked over contract of the Smart City project with Khalilullah Ferozi, the Kabul Bank defaulter.

Tolonews reported on November 4 that the government inaugurated the “Smart City Township” Project which will see the Kabul Bank defaulters to take part in the investment. Khalilullah Ferozi – one of the main factors behind the collapse of Kabul Bank – shares a big part in the project worth $900 million.

However president’s legal adviser, Abdul Ali Mohammadi, said at the inaugural ceremony that the government’s recent plan is aimed at helping debtors of Kabul Bank to start their businesses in order to repay their debts.

Statement of the adviser has sparked severe criticism. The spokesman said that the president has ordered probe into the Smart City project and the findings would be shared with public through media.

He said that over 50 percent of $970 million of debts in the Kabul Bank scandal was recovered.

Spokesman to the Attorney General Office (AGO) Abdul Basir Azizi said that $403 million out of $970 million yet to be recovered. Over $201 million was recovered in cash and more than $159 million to be recovered soon as the defaulters provided guarantees. Worth over $47 million properties of the defaulters had been seized, added Azizi.

Responding to a question without giving further details, the spokesman said that Ferozi would be sent behind bars after the investigation was completed. He said the verdict of the court would be implemented. The court had sentenced Ferozi to 10 years in jail.

He expressed unawareness when asked that whether Ferozi was behind bars or free.

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