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Probe Delayed into Attack on Yama Siawash, 2 Others: Documents

Over one month after the November 7 attack on Central Bank officials which killed three, including former TOLOnews presenter Yama Siawash, government institutions have not provided any information about the incident. 

First Vice President Amrullah Saleh in a Facebook post last week said that some clues have been found out about the attack. Saleh’s office said that they are awaiting information on the case from the National Directorate of Security. 

Some documents reveal that the state-owned Central Bank has not provided adequate answers to the issues raised by security agencies about the incident. 

Hashmat Behzad, a reporter from Salam Watandar who is investigating the incident, spoke about challenges.

“My questions have been left unanswered--same as reporters’ efforts to know more about the attack on Yama Siawash,” said Behzad. 

Documents seen by TOLOnews show that the National Directorate of Security and the Kabul’s office of the NDS have asked for information from the Central Bank about the incident on November 7 and Nov. 8 respectively, but a letter from an NDS directorate sent to the bank 10 days later indicates that the security agency was still waiting for information from the CCTV footage and GPS system of the bank during that time. 

The document also shows that out of nine questions by the probe team of the Ministry of Interior Affairs about the incident, only four have received responses.

“The question is: why hasn’t there been progress in the incident? The people across Afghanistan all want a probe into the incident,” said Mirwais Aria, a friend of Yama Siawash. 

Reports said that Central Bank acting chief Ajmal Ahmadi and other officials of the bank are not providing information to the media about the incident, which happened on Nov. 7. 

Ahmadi was a nominee for the Central Bank leadership--and the acting director--and he was not approved by the parliament last week. MPs said that based on the law, he cannot continue his job as acting head of the bank as he has been rejected by the parliament.  

“Why is the deputy directorate of anti-corruption of the Attorney General’s Office not making any efforts? Why isn't the judicial center making an effort? The commission that was created at the Presidential Palace, why it does it not make an effort?” said Hasibullah Kalimzai, the head of the foreign affairs committee of the Senate. 

Probe Delayed into Attack on Yama Siawash, 2 Others: Documents

Hashmat Behzad, a reporter from Salam Watandar who is investigating the incident, spoke about challenges.

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Over one month after the November 7 attack on Central Bank officials which killed three, including former TOLOnews presenter Yama Siawash, government institutions have not provided any information about the incident. 

First Vice President Amrullah Saleh in a Facebook post last week said that some clues have been found out about the attack. Saleh’s office said that they are awaiting information on the case from the National Directorate of Security. 

Some documents reveal that the state-owned Central Bank has not provided adequate answers to the issues raised by security agencies about the incident. 

Hashmat Behzad, a reporter from Salam Watandar who is investigating the incident, spoke about challenges.

“My questions have been left unanswered--same as reporters’ efforts to know more about the attack on Yama Siawash,” said Behzad. 

Documents seen by TOLOnews show that the National Directorate of Security and the Kabul’s office of the NDS have asked for information from the Central Bank about the incident on November 7 and Nov. 8 respectively, but a letter from an NDS directorate sent to the bank 10 days later indicates that the security agency was still waiting for information from the CCTV footage and GPS system of the bank during that time. 

The document also shows that out of nine questions by the probe team of the Ministry of Interior Affairs about the incident, only four have received responses.

“The question is: why hasn’t there been progress in the incident? The people across Afghanistan all want a probe into the incident,” said Mirwais Aria, a friend of Yama Siawash. 

Reports said that Central Bank acting chief Ajmal Ahmadi and other officials of the bank are not providing information to the media about the incident, which happened on Nov. 7. 

Ahmadi was a nominee for the Central Bank leadership--and the acting director--and he was not approved by the parliament last week. MPs said that based on the law, he cannot continue his job as acting head of the bank as he has been rejected by the parliament.  

“Why is the deputy directorate of anti-corruption of the Attorney General’s Office not making any efforts? Why isn't the judicial center making an effort? The commission that was created at the Presidential Palace, why it does it not make an effort?” said Hasibullah Kalimzai, the head of the foreign affairs committee of the Senate. 

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