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Afghan Ministers, MPs and Governors Being Involved in Corruption: SAO

(Last Updated On: November 25, 2017 7:11 pm)

Afghanistan’s Supreme Audit Office (SAO) says some of the ministers, deputies, parliament members, governors and mayors are being involved in corruption cases.

Addressing  a training program organized for capacity building of SAO auditors in Kabul on Saturday,  Mohammad Sharif Sharifi, the Head of SAO said that since 1382 (Solar year) they have sent over three hundred cases of corruption to judicial and legal institutions.

“We have sent 330 cases to Attorney General Office that also include cases of ministers, MPs,  governors and mayors with no exceptions,” Auditor General Sharifi said, adding that only 30 cases were being addressed. 

The Attorney General Office, however, stressed on addressing all the corruption cases. 

“Whenever, the case being referred to us, we are holding trial, it takes time but we are trying to address the corruption cases,” the Deputy Attorney General, Noor Habib Jalal said.

Advisor to the High Office of Oversight and Anti-corruption, Mohammad Ihrar Ihrar, meanwhile, suggested that the process of pursuing corruption cases should be computerized in order to avoid confrontation of staff with their office.  

SAO is the only supreme audit institution which conducts audit of accounting and financial activities of government entities and organizations. It conducts qatia financial audits, compliance audits, performance audits and special audits on selected government institutions.

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