The Attorney General’s Office, or the AGO, has started an investigation into the case of the embezzlement of Afs600 million ($7.5 million) from meat contract of the Afghan National Police by a contractor of the Ministry of Interior Affairs.
At least 22 individuals have been arrested in connection to the case, according to the Ministry of Interior.
Haji Mohammad Rasa, a food contractor, is the main suspect in the case, who heads the Shuja Abdara food supply company.
The AGO spokesman Jamshid Rasuli said 22 officials of the Ministry of Interior and five employees of the company will be interrogated during the investigation.
Rasuli said that 13 officials of the Interior Ministry, including a woman, and four members of the contractor company are in prison.
Rasuli said that a number of individuals have been banned from traveling on the request of the Ministry of Interior. However, he did not make clear their exact number.
Rasa’s defense lawyer Rohullah Sakhizada said there are no “justifiable reasons” against his client.
“We hope that the Attorney General’s Office will not act like the Ministry of Interior and cancel the detention order against my client as soon as possible,” Sakhizada said.