Tolo 08/07/2012By William Byrd Monday [Printer Friendly Version]
Ministry of Finance officials have allegedly taken a $3 million bribe to reduce Global Link's taxes, a private company, by more than $12 million, the Anti-Corruption Prosecution Office Chief Abu Baker Rafiee said.
Rafiee alleges that Global Link imported 31 armored vehicles to Afghanistan and the company should have paid $12.5 million to the Afghan government, but officials have taken a $3m bribe to reduced the taxes to $1.5m.
"The company had to paid $3 million but after an investigation they [Ministry of Finance] increased it back to $4 million," Rafie said. Five ministry officials have been detained over the corruption allegations.
Rafiee would like to see the $12.5 paid to the government.
Last week, Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwa's bank accounts showed that over $1.5m made outside of his office was transferred to his international and national accounts in the last 5 years.