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US envoy `threatened` me: Afghan attorney general

Afghanistan`s top prosecutor on Tuesday accused US ambassador Karl Eikenberry of threatening to have him removed from his job if he did not take action against an Afghan banker allegedly involved in fraud.



Kabul: Afghanistan`s top prosecutor on Tuesday
accused US ambassador Karl Eikenberry of threatening to have
him removed from his job if he did not take action against an
Afghan banker allegedly involved in fraud.

Attorney general Mohammad Is`haq Alko told reporters that
Eikenberry had violated "diplomatic ethics" by ordering him to
have the banker arrested.

"Against all diplomatic ethics, the US ambassador tells
me: `If you don`t jail him, you must resign`," Alko told
reporters, citing a recent conversation with Eikenberry.

"Do diplomatic ethics allow the attorney general of a
country to be threatened in such a manner?" Alko said.

He said his office did not have enough evidence against
the banker, Rafiullah Azimi, who was allegedly involved in a
corruption case linked to a former minister now living in
Britain after eluding an arrest warrant in March.

Asked for a response to Alko`s allegations, US embassy
spokeswoman Caitlyn Hayden said to a news agency: "We don`t comment on the ambassador`s diplomatic discussions."

Alko also accused the US and Britain -- the main countries
providing troops for the war against the Taliban -- of not
cooperating with Kabul in arresting Afghan officials living
abroad but wanted in Afghanistan on corruption charges.

Alko said that during his meeting with Eikenberry "I
answered calmly: `If I am to resign I`ll submit my resignation
to our president or our parliament".

Afghanistan is one of the world`s most corrupt countries,
according to monitoring organisation Transparency
International, which rates it just above lawless Somalia.

PTI

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