August 22, 2014

Attorney General probes $9m expense in Afghan embassy

By Sajad - Mon Nov 19 2012, 8:35 pm

Afghan attorney general officials said they are going to investigate regarding the expenditure of $9 million for the renovation of Afghanistan embassy in Japan.

Deputy Afghan attorney general said the probe will be launched upon the request of the Afghan parliament.

According to Afghan parliament the Afghan government allocated $5 million funds for the purchase of the Afghan embassy building in Japan while Haroon Amin was the Afghan ambassador for Japan but later further funds of $9 million was requested for the renovation of the embassy building.

Afghan lawmakers also claim that Eklil Hakimi the current Afghan ambassador for United States prevent to disclose information regarding the millions of dollars spent on the embassy renovation when he replaced Haroon Amin.

The Afghan parliament for the second time sent a statement to the Afghan Attorney General office in order to investigate regarding the $9 million expense for the renovation of the embassy building.

Rahmatullah Nazari deputy Afghan attorney general on Sunday said they have been requested by Afghan parliament to probe regarding the expenses and the donor for the renovation work.

Afghan lawmakers are saying that $5 million was allocated to purchase the embassy building and later $9 million was allocated for the renovation works while Dr. Abdullah Abdullah was serving as Afghan foreign minister and Haroon Amin was elected as the Afghan ambassador for Japan.

Deputy Afghan house speaker Abdul Satar Khawasi said Eklil Hakimi who replaced Haroon Amin did not disclose information regarding the expenditure of the money and it is yet not clear who approved the funds and how the funds were spent and therefor the Afghan parliament has requested to investigate the case.

Afghan foreign ministry also confirm the report and said a case has been opened to investigate regarding the Afghan embassy issue in Japan.

Afghan ambassador to Washington Eklil Hakimi and former Afghan ambassador to Japan yet to comment regarding the allegations.

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