This video is called The Corrupt Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
Officially, Hamid Karzai is president of Afghanistan; however, he is popularly known as “the mayor of Kabul”. Though there is an official mayor of Kabul: recently convicted for corruption.
Karzai backs accused officials
Published: Wednesday, December 16, 2009
KABUL – Opening a three-day anti-corruption conference, Hamid Karzai, the Afghan President, defended the most senior of his officials to be convicted of graft in years.
However, he also cast doubt on the biggest anticorruption conviction his prosecutors have achieved in years.
He is now free on bail, pending an appeal, and attended the conference, sitting toward the front.
“One very serious caution I want to say,” Mr. Karzai said.
“The mayor of Kabul has been sentenced to four years jail. I know the mayor. He is a clean person. I know him.”
He said Sayebi had been targeted by enemies for refusing to grant them government land, then gestured to his chief justice and attorney general demanding they look into the case, although he also said Sayebi should still go to jail if guilty.
Mr. Karzai’s standing among the countries that have deployed nearly 110,000 troops to defend his government has plunged since he was re-elected Aug. 20. A UN backed probe found nearly a third of his votes were fake.
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