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WikiLeaks: Afghan vice-president 'landed in Dubai with $52m in cash'
WikiLeaks: Afghan vice-president 'landed in Dubai with $52m in cash'

Rampant government corruption in Afghanistan and the apparent powerlessness of the US do to anything about it is laid bare by several classified diplomatic cables implicating members of the country's elite.

In one astonishing incident in October 2009 the then vice-president, Ahmad Zia Massoud, was stopped and questioned in Dubai when he flew into the emirate with $52m in cash, according to one diplomatic report. Massoud, the younger brother of the legendary anti-Soviet resistance leader Ahmad Shah Massoud, was detained by officials from the US and the United Arab Emirates trying to stop money laundering, it says.

However, the vice-president was allowed to go on his way without explaining where the money came from.

The cable, sent by the ambassador, Karl Eikenberry, detailed the colossal scale of capital flight from Afghanistan often with the cash simply carried out on flights from Kabul to the UAE.

"Vast amounts of cash come and go from the country on a weekly, monthly and annual basis. Before the 20 August election $600m in banking system withdrawals were reported; however in recent months some $200m."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/dec/02/wikileaks-e...
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MrCoffee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-02-10 04:49 PM
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1. 52 million in cash weighs a lot
I held a quarter of a million dollars in cash in my hands once...it was heavy.
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