Afghanistan: Ex-minister held on corruption charge

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The Independent Online

A former cabinet minister has been arrested on corruption charges and a senior adviser to the President, who is also a former central bank chairman, has been questioned amid a growing banking scandal.

Enayatullah Qasimi, the former minister for aviation and transport, was arrested on two charges of alleged corruption involving up to $9m (£5.6m), a spokesman for the attorney general's office said.

Noorullah Delawari, who advises President Hamid Karzai on banking and the private sector, was also questioned but later released.