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PublishDate: Monday, February 8, 2021 09:16

200 officials suspected of embezzling COVID funds

The Inspector General’s Office of Afghanistan says that more than 200 government officials are suspected of being involved in embezzling COVID-19 funds.

Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_The office claims that 15 provincial governors are also among those suspected of corruption and .

The -General_Ghezal Haris said Sunday that cases involving the suspects have been referred to the Attorney General’s Office (AGO).

“We have sent 223 corruption cases of 16 provinces to the AGO,” he said adding that this involved officials from governor level down.

Meanwhile, the Afghan Supreme Audit Office (SAO) has found that -ranking_officials have also been involved in embezzling COVID-19 funds. These cases have also been referred to the AGO.

Mohammad Naeem Haqmal, Head of the SAO stated: “We have investigated cases of mayors and police chiefs and ministers including [the embezzlement -19 funds] in the last one year, and 132 government officials have been referred to the Attorney General’s Office.”

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