Afghan anti-graft body to publish officials' assets

Afghanistan's top anti-graft body plans to go public on Saturday with the assets of government officials.

Afghan anti-graft body to publish officials' assets

Afghanistan's top anti-graft body plans to go public on Saturday with the assets of government officials.

Mohammad Yasin Usmani, head of the government-appointed High Office of Oversight, said his agency would on Saturday begin releasing the asset-disclosure forms filled by 2,000 officials.

"This is the first time that such a list will be published, to inform the public," he told Reuters on Thursday, adding that there would be no editing of the original forms.

Among the first forms due for release are those of Karzai, his two deputies, cabinet ministers, the head of the Supreme Court and other top judges, as well as the attorney-general.

The forms of regional governors, police chiefs and other senior government officials would follow, Usmani said.

As a measure against nepotism, officials were also required to list their first-degree relatives. Any official found to have withheld information risked prosecution, Usmani said.

The High Office of Oversight further plans to track how much assets serving officials accrue by mounting investigations when they retire or quit government.

"We have various ways of checking this," Usmani said.

"First, the people living in their neighbourhood are a good source for us. Next come the banks and the courts" where property is registered.

Usmani gave no explanation for the delay in implementation. But next month will see a major international conference in Kabul where foreign donations.

Among top officials who filled in the forms, Karzai is the least privately endowed, Usmani said. He declined to elaborate or to name the richest government official.

Senior current and former Afghan officials own building and other properties valued in the millions of dollars, residents say.

Some officials have also been involved in major businesses and contracts awarded by foreign forces occupying the country. Police have been questioning 17 current and ex-ministers on graft suspicions.


Reuters

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Concerned
Concerned - 11 yıl Before

There will be no record of US$ transferred abroad. Bribes are normally paid in USD and hard cash can be conveyed quite easily by Diplomats etc. etc.