Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko said on Wednesday that his office would investigate allegations that former President Ashraf Ghani left the country in mid-August with $169 million in cash.
running news: Sopko testified before a House subcommittee on development aid that his office is “looking into” the allegations but “haven’t been proven yet.”
- He also said that there were other allegations of senior officials of the Afghan finance ministry, central bank and other ministries running with cash.
Reference: Ghani began his term in 2015 and previously worked as an academic and a World Bank official.
- Ghani stepped down and fled to the United Arab Emirates in August as tensions escalated with the withdrawal of US forces and a Taliban victory.
- Afghanistan’s ambassador to Tajikistan accused him of stealing millions of dollars from state money before fleeing. Ghani denies the allegations facebook video.
- Republicans on the House Oversight Committee have repeatedly pressured President Biden to investigate these allegations, saying in a letter: “[If the allegations are] True, it was not the honorable exit of a benevolent head of state, but that of a coward and a poor man.”