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Afghan Ex-Minister Detained Over Graft Case


Enayatullah Qasimi (in file photo) served as Afghanistan's transportation minister in 2004-06.

Enayatullah Qasimi (in file photo) served as Afghanistan's transportation minister in 2004-06.

Former Afghan Transportation Minister Enayatullah Qasimi has been arrested in connection with a corruption case.

The attorney general's office said Qasimi, who served as minister in 2004-06, will be charged with mismanagement of public funds in connection with the approval of contracts in 2004 to purchase four aircraft for state-owned Ariana airlines.

It said the government was overcharged $9 million for the planes.

compiled from agency reports
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