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AGO confirms nabbing 4 health ministry officials

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KABUL (SW) – Authorities on Tuesday announced arresting four senior health officials on charges of corruption and bribery.

The Attorney General’s Office confirmed that four people have been arrested at the Ministry of Public Health on charges of soliciting bribes from its employees.

Jamshid Rasouli, spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office, said in a video statement the men had been arrested by the Control and Surveillance team and were currently in custody. The AGO spokesman did not elaborate on the identities of the detainees, but stressed that the case was under investigation.

Rasouli vowed the case would be investigated in the light of the provisions of the law and the results would be shared with the public and the media.

A statement issued by the Attorney General’s Office also stated that these individuals were arrested on Monday based on information and complaints from several employees of the Ministry of Public Health.

A number of news reports suggest that one of the detainees was the brother of health minister Ahmad Javad Osmani. According to the reports, among the detainees include Ahmad Shokran Osmani, the brother of the Minister of Public Health, Kava Sarmastzada, the minister’s cousin, Hamed Hamidi, the minister’s cousin, and Fereydoun Soltani, the ministry’s senior adviser.

The MoPh officials have not yet commented.

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