March 26, 2017

Afghanistan Corruption

Between 2007 and 2010, $3.18 billion in cash was flown out of Afghanistan, according to Afghan customs documents reviewed by the Wall Street Journal. Also, even though prisons are open in all 34 Afghan provinces, only 50% of the population believes prisons are capable of holding prisoners for the duration of their sentence, reports the Department of Defense in this report [.pdf].

  • In attempt to slow the flow of diverted cash, the US has installed currency counters at the Kabul airport in order to record the serial numbers of the bills and trace the money.
  • Senator John Kerry (D-MA) met with Afghani President Hamid Karzai this past week to speak about anti-corruption units in Afghanistan, known as the Major Crimes Task Force and the Sensitive Investigative Unit.
  • The two anti-corruption units have had only one conviction so far – the former mayor of Kabul [.pdf].
  • Anti-corruption units are dependent on the international community to not only function, but to also exist [.pdf].

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