Saturday, August 7, 2010

Karzai Tries to Block Anti-Corruption Unit From Work in Afghanistan

"KABUL, Afghanistan — President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan has promised to root out corruption, but after one of his own top aides was arrested by American-supported antigraft units recently, he fired back by investigating the investigators and apparently seeking control over their actions.

Times Topic: Hamid KarzaiHe convened a commission ultimately reporting that the anticorruption investigators were violating the human rights of suspects they arrested. Aides to the president also complained that they violated the nation’s sovereignty because of the American role in the investigations.

The controversy set up yet another serious divide between American officials and Mr. Karzai at a time when the Obama administration has made combating corruption in the Afghan government a major policy goal. Congress is withholding $4 billion in financing to Afghanistan over a case closely related to the arrest of Mr. Karzai’s aide."
Read more in "Antigraft Units, Backed by U.S., Draw Karzai's Ire", The New York Times, August 7, 2010.

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