Investigations into allegations of sexual and physical abuse of female football players by Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) officials have been completed locally but further investigations abroad will be carried out, the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) said on Sunday.
Speaking at a press conference in Kabul, the AGO’s spokesman Jamshid Rasuli said the investigation team will now visit Canada and a number of European countries to conduct further inquiries into the allegations against AFF chairman Keramuddin Karim and other federation officials.
“It is necessary for the team to visit a number of European countries where they will conduct further investigations and interviews with organizations and some individuals,” said Rasuli.
The AGO launched investigations in December last year after complaints of sexual and physical abuse were made.
Claims of abuse had been lodged in November against a number of officials from the AFF’s technical team and against Karim.
A week after the investigations were launched, the AGO suspended six members of the AFF including Karim.
The five others suspended were Nader Alemi, head of goalkeepers’ committee; Sayed Ali Reza Aqazada, secretary general of the federation; Abdul Saboor Walizada, head of provinces relations; Rustam, an employee of the federation. These six people have also been banned from leaving the country.
This move came after Mohammad Yusuf Kargar, the technical deputy head of the federation, was suspended.
Rasuli meanwhile said on Sunday a decision was taken following preliminary investigations to reinstate Kargar.
“The job of Mohammad Yusuf Kargar, who was suspended earlier, has been reinstated by the investigation team and he can return to his job,” said Rasuli.
“I will go back to my job and will resume my activities,” Kargar said.
The AFF chairman, however, has rejected the allegations against him.