The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Sunday announced that the name of Abdul Rahman Shaheedani, an MP from Bamiyan, has not been included in the list of those who disrupted the landing of a plane in Bamiyan Airport last week.
“We don’t have access to anything about him (Shaheedani). Police are responsible for us. What (Bamiyan) police have done was illegal,” the spokesman said.
The MoI spokesman Najib Danish said that so far they have not found any evidence which proves a direct involvement of Shaheedani in the plane’s diversion. However Danish said the MP’s son has been arrested over the airliner saga.
“Five people are in our custody. They are the main suspects. Two of them are in lower ranks and they will be investigated in Bamiyan. The three others including the MP’s son will be investigated in Kabul,” he added.
The MoI announced on Saturday that it will send the case to the Attorney General’s Office for legal proceedings on Sunday. However, the move was postponed for Monday morning.
A Bamiyan-bound flight with 30 passengers on board was forced to return to Kabul last week on Tuesday after angry relatives of two local MPs allegedly prevented the plane from landing.
Reports indicate the relatives of the two MPs converged on the runway at Bamiyan airport and prevented the flight from landing. They also allegedly threw stones at the plane as it tried to touch down.
The plane diversion later sparked strong reaction among the Afghan public with many accusing the lawmakers in the parliament of breaking the law and bullying.
Shaheedani who is accused of being the key player in the episode has rejected the allegations against him. But footages seen by media show that the MP appraise his supporters following the move.
Meanwhile, a number of lawmakers have said that Shaheedani’s name must be included in the list of main plotters of the incident.
“Unfortunately it is common in Afghanistan lower rank officials are punished instead of their leaders and seniors. Therefore, junior officials or the second and third hand officials have been arrested in Bamiyan case, who will be released gradually when media stops talking about the incident,” said Ramazan Bashardost, an MP from Kabul.
The drama unfolded after the two MPs, Ghulam Hussain Naseri and Abdul Rahman Shaheedani, missed their flight at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. Their relatives then forced the incoming plane in Bamiyan to return to Kabul.