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Congressman Asks GAO to Investigate Karzai Family Corruption

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Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) has requested the Comptroller General of the Government Accountability Office investigate and report to Congress the amount of U.S. taxpayer funds that "have been stolen, diverted, or otherwise inappropriately gone to, or benefited Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his family." Congress in now considering President Obama's 2013 budget proposal which includes $2.5 billion in requested foreign aid to Afghanistan.

"Many accusations about corruption by President Karzai and his family have been raised through media reports and revealed in wiki-leaks cables," said Rohrabacher. "It is time to know for sure, on the record, exactly how dishonest the government in Kabul has become and how much money we are wasting there."

It has also been reported that Karzai's brother, Mahmoud Karzai, received interest free loans to buy a stake in the Kabul Bank, the center of financial scandals, massive embezzlement and political corruption involving skimming from U.S. and Coalition transactions and project funding. According to a March 8, 2012, New York Times report, the cost of the Afghan government's bailout of the gutted Kabul Bank will have to be primarily paid for by Western donors.


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