UPDATED 9:15 AM PT – Friday, October 8, 2021
A U.S. government watchdog is investigating allegations of corruption against former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. In a recent House hearing, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan, John Sopko said he is “looking into” the claims that Ghani stole $169 million of U.S. taxpayer money.
That money was given to Ghani’s former government as U.S. aid, but he allegedly took it when he left the country. Inspector General Sopko added, these allegations have yet to be proven.
“There are allegations, but not only with President Ghani,” Sopko expalined. “There are allegations with senior officials in their finance ministry, their central bank and a number of other ministries walking off with millions of dollars. But again, those are just allegations. We have not confirmed any of those yet.”
Meanwhile, the Biden administration has said it’s not aware if Ghani actually fled to Dubai with allegedly stolen U.S. cash.
At WH briefing today, Jen Psaki indicated US doesn't know if ex-Afghan President @AshrafGhani fled to Dubai with millions in cash, as alleged@RepJamesComer and @RepGrothman are pushing for an answer https://t.co/ko1cIIggRL pic.twitter.com/gI2kx1XvMa
— Steven Nelson (@stevennelson10) August 25, 2021