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Afghanistan Launches New Corruption Investigations

KABUL -- Afghan Attorney General Eshaq Aleko says the judiciary is launching new investigations into alleged corruption at top levels of government.

Aleko told RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan today that the suspects include some ministers.

"Big mistakes have been made in signing contracts, procurements, and providing logistics and other supplies for the government. According to the law, I can not name them, because they are still considered to be suspects and we've not received the ruling of the court yet," Aleko said.

He said a special court is required under the constitution to try cabinet members and that "we've asked the president for this special court and their dossiers will be submitted to the court as soon as the president approves such a trial."

The new investigations come as Western government have criticized the Kabul government sharply in recent days over corruption.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown warned earlier this month that London is "not prepared to put the lives of British men and women in harm's way for a government that does not stand up against corruption."

Washington and NATO allies are weighing sending more troops to Afghanistan to fight the resurgent Taliban but are concerned the fight is hampered by lack of nation-building progress by Kabul.