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US sanctions halt Rahmani family’s project in Germany

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati
Mir Rahman Rahmani, former speaker of the House of Representatives.

The U.S. placed sanctions on the Rahmani family’s companies, leading to the stoppage of their project in Germany.

According to German media, the municipality of Ehningen in southwest Germany has halted the development of a project owned by the Rahmani family.

As per the German media report by Taz, The Ocean Group, intended to build a residential complex in partnership with its German partners in the village of “Quantum” in Ehningen.

The Ocean Group is owned by Ajmal Rahmani, the son of Mir Rahman Rahmani. Mir Rahman Rahmani was the Speaker before August 2021 in the Afghan House of Representatives, and his son, Ajmal Rahmani, was a member.

German media, citing the municipality of Ehningen, wrote that the sale of this area was a private transaction and the institution had no influence on it. However, the municipality has emphasized that it “takes the sanctions against Mr. Rahmani very seriously.”

Nevertheless, German media reports state that the property is still in the possession of The Ocean Group. Should this transaction be cancelled, all expenses incurred to date will fall on The Ocean Group.

The U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned 44 companies and entities belonging to Mir Rahman Rahmani and Ajmal Rahmani earlier this month, citing what the department calls “transnational corruption.”

The U.S. has stated that the Rahmani’s, through their companies in Afghanistan, have set up a complex financial corruption scheme and embezzled millions of dollars from U.S. government contracts in support of the former Afghan government’s security forces.

Mir Rahman Rahmani, in a statement released in response to these sanctions, has completely denied the allegations made against him.

Mir Rahman Rahmani and Ajmal urged U.S. judicial bodies to review the premature publication of allegations, asserting that international norms require verification before informing the accused for a fair defense.

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