The U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan John Bass reacted to the alleged release of the former CEO of Kabul Bank Khalilullah Ferozi.
Ambassador Bass said in a Twitter post “Disturbed by reports the #Afghan government requested early release for Kabul Bank fraud perpetrator Khalil Firozy before conclusion of his sentence. Countless Afghans suffered in the past decade because international assistance funds were stolen for personal gain.”
Furthermore, Ambassador Bass said “This action, along with the continued failure to execute warrants for those accused of corruption, calls into question the government’s commitment to combating #corruption and making best use of donors’ support.”
This comes as reports emerge earlier on Wednesday evening suggesting that government has released Mr. Ferozi from the prison.
According to reports, the security forces have transferred Mr. Ferozi to his residence after receiving instructions from President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.
President Ghani has reportedly issued the instruction for the transfer of Mr. Ferozi after receiving recommendations from a delegation which was appointed to review Mr. Ferozi’s case, particularly focusing on his deteriorating health condition and the steps he has taken so far to fulfill the financial commitments he had made pertaining the Kabul Bank collapse case.