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MoI asked to arrest Dostum’s guards: AGO

MoI asked to arrest Dostum’s guards: AGO

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Feb 15, 2017 - 19:12

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Attorney General’s Office has urged the Ministry of Interior (MoI) to take action against security guards of first vice-president Abdul Rashid Dostum, accused of torturing and sexually harassing a tribal elder.

A credible source in the AGO told Pajhwok Afghan News the office had recently requested the MoI to arrest Dostum’s nine bodyguards involved in beating Ahmad Eshchi, a former governor of northern Jawzjan province.

“But the ministry comes short of doing that,” said the source of the MoI’s failure to arrest guards of the VP.

The MoI shared information with the AGO in a letter about arrest warrants issued for the guards, but the information was unsatisfactory, he said.

“In response to the MoI letter, the AGO said that detention of persons is the responsibility of police, the AGO once asks the police to take action,” the source said.

However, MoI spokesman Siddiq Siddiqi said the ministry was always cooperative with the AGO. But he said detention of Dostum’s bodyguards was the responsibility of the Protection and Security of VIPs Department.

He said information about MoI’s responsibilities in such cases had been shared with the AGO.

The AGO issued arrest warrants for Dostum’s bodyguards about a month ago, but no action has since been taken.

The Presidential Palace had also said the MoI was responsible to detain the bodyguards of the first VP.

Eshchi, a former Jawzjan governor, was rescued by intelligence agents on December 10 after 16 days of captivity. His sons had claimed Gen. Dostum had a verbal clash with their father. Later on, Dostum’s bodyguards allegedly kidnapped him, tortured, beaten up and sexually harassed him during his captivity.

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