“I have a recording which shows that an individual at the Afghan Bank brought a lot of money to Ghani before he left,” the man which UK’s Daily Mail newspaper identified as Brigadier General Piraz Ata Sharifi told the outlet in an article published on Friday. “Hundreds of millions, perhaps billions of dollars. There were many big bags, and they were heavy. It was not rice.”
Ghani and his family fled the presidential palace and flew to the United Arab Emirates on August 15, as Taliban militants entered Kabul. When he finally made a public statement three days later, he denied reports that he had abandoned his post and taken stolen cash with him, saying he left the country with only the clothes on his back to “avoid bloodshed” that would result from a power struggle.
He issued another denial in September, saying corruption accusations against him were “completely false.”