Afghanistan: gold bars and more than $ 12 million found in former senior officials

The Central Bank specifies that it does not know “at this stage for what purpose” this cash and these gold bars had been kept.

QSome $ 12.3 million in cash and gold bars were found in the homes of former Afghan dignitaries, the Central Bank announced on Wednesday, a month after the Taliban took power, denouncing the corruption of the former regime and praise their own transparency.

“The money found came from senior leaders of the previous government, such as Amrullah Saleh (the ex-vice-president, Editor’s note), and from certain security agencies which kept cash and gold in their offices,” said the statement from the Afghan Central Bank.

“The Islamic Emirate”, the name given to Afghanistan by the Taliban, transferred everything “to national coffers” in the name of “transparency”, we can still read.

The Central Bank specifies that it does not know “at this stage for what purpose” this cash and these gold bars had been kept.

Under the government of former President Ashraf Ghani, corruption was widespread and endemic. Tens of millions of dollars in aid would thus have been diverted from public funds.

The former head of state is himself accused of having taken millions of dollars during his flight to Abu Dhabi, which he has denied on several occasions since.

The announcement of the $ 12 million recovered comes as the country, controlled for a month by the Islamist movement, faces a shortage of cash.

To avoid a collapse of the banking system, Afghans are only allowed to withdraw the equivalent of $ 200 per week per person.

The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund suspended their aid and the United States froze the reserves of the Afghan Central Bank held in Washington.

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