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Ghani’s ‘ex-bodyguard’ claims he has video proving exiled president left Kabul with luggage filled with cash: report

Ghani’s ‘ex-bodyguard’ claims he has video proving exiled president left Kabul with bags stuffed with money: report

The alleged bodyguard for former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani advised the British media he has safety digital camera footage to disprove the US-backed chief’s denials of taking luggage of cash with him when he fled the nation in August.

“I’ve a recording which reveals that a person on the Afghan Financial institution introduced some huge cash to Ghani earlier than he left,” the person which UK’s Every day Mail newspaper recognized as Brigadier Common Piraz Ata Sharifi advised the outlet in an article revealed on Friday. “A whole bunch of thousands and thousands, maybe billions of {dollars}. There have been many huge luggage, and so they had been heavy. It was not rice.”

Ghani and his household fled the presidential palace and flew to the United Arab Emirates on August 15, as Taliban militants entered Kabul. When he lastly made a public assertion three days later, he denied experiences that he had deserted his put up and brought stolen money with him, saying he left the nation with solely the garments on his again to “keep away from bloodshed” that will consequence from an influence battle. He issued one other denial in September, saying corruption accusations in opposition to him had been “utterly false.”

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The Russian embassy in Kabul was the primary to report that Ghani left the nation with 4 vehicles and a helicopter full of money. He had taken a lot cash, in actual fact, that a few of it needed to be left behind as a result of it wouldn’t match on the plane, embassy spokesman Nikita Ishchenko mentioned on the time, based on RIA Novosti. The Afghan embassy in Tajikistan demanded his arrest, saying he stole $169 million from state coffers.

Sharifi advised the Every day Mail that he went to the Afghan protection ministry on August 15 for a gathering that Ghani was presupposed to attend. As head of the president’s safety element, it was his job to disarm the guards on the ministry to make sure Ghani’s security. However whereas ready for the commander-in-chief to reach, the overall bought a name indicating that Ghani had as a substitute gone to the airport.

Different VIPs, such because the protection minister and members of Ghani’s entourage, additionally had been included within the secret evacuation, however Sharifi claimed that he was by no means given a heads-up concerning the escape plan. “They only escaped and left me behind,” he mentioned.

The “ex-bodyguard” alleged that the cash stolen by Ghani was supposed for use for the currency-exchange market. “As an alternative, it was taken by the president,” Sharifi mentioned. “Ghani knew in the long run what would occur, so he took all the cash and escaped.” Regardless of saying that he has doubtlessly incriminating footage of Ghani and his associates, Sharifi is just not in a rush to launch it simply but. He mentioned that he would publish the video as soon as he’s “in a protected place,” that’s on British soil.

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Nonetheless, the overall’s efforts to get authorised for the nation’s Afghan refugee program have to this point been unsuccessful, based on the DM, which mentioned that Sharifi supplied the paper with automated replies he has obtained from the officers in command of the UK’s Afghan Relocations and Help Coverage (ARAP). The final mentioned that he thought he had a possible British army sponsor in ex-Royal Artillery officer Johnny Mercer, now an MP, who he mentioned helped practice him. However Mercer advised the Every day Mail that he doesn’t know Sharifi.

At the moment, Sharifi is reportedly hiding out in a basement in Afghanistan. The person mentioned that he’s needed by the Taliban, with the militant group providing a reward equal to just about $14,000 for the data resulting in his seize. 

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