Ex-president Ashraf Ghani’s former bodyguard says he has tape of ex-president stealing millions, brought over in sacks from the Central Bank
Former head of presidential guard, Brigadier General Piraz Ata Sharifi, claims he has video proof that the politician stole millions of dollars before fleeing the country
Ashraf Ghani has denied that he fled the capital with four cars and a chopper loaded with $169 million
However, the former security chief has called him a coward and a liar
Brigadier General Piraz Ata Sharifi claims that there is footage of the money looted from the central bank of Afghanistan being brought to Ghani
Sharifi, was in charge of the day-to-day security of President Ashraf Ghani
He claims he not only saw huge bags of cash from the central bank of Afghanistan being transferred to Ghani’s control, he has video proof
Former Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, has denied that he skipped town with four cars and a chopper full of $169 million – but his former head bodyguards says the cowardly politician is a liar.
Brigadier General Piraz Ata Sharifi, was in charge of the day-to-day security of President Ashraf Ghani, claims he witnessed huge bags of cash from the central bank of Afghanistan being transferred to Ghani’s control. He also has video proof, Shariff claims.
Shariff, who was left behind in Afghanistan and is now being hunted by the Taliban, recalled the final day of Ghani’s presidency from his hideout:
“One of my jobs was to disarm the soldiers on guard at the ministry before the president arrived, for his security,” Shariff said.
“We were waiting for the president there. But then I got a call to say that instead of coming to the defense ministry, the president had gone to the airport.
The defense minister had also fled. So had my boss. So had all of Ghani’s close family and entourage.
Shariff then revealed potentially devastating information regarding Ghani and his alleged theft of millions.
“I have a [CCTV] recording [from the palace] which shows that an individual at the Afghan Bank brought a lot of money to Ghani before he left,” Sharifi recounted.
“Hundreds of millions, perhaps billions of dollars. There were many big bags and they were heavy. It was not rice…
This money was supposed to be for the currency exchange market. Each Thursday, the dollars were brought for that purpose. Instead, it was taken by the president. Ghani knew in the end what would happen. So he took all the money and escaped.”
A despondent Sharifi added: “I never thought [Ghani], would do that. But I have the evidence which I will share when I am in a safe place.”
“The president never told us he was going,” he said. “They just escaped and left me behind.”
Ashraf Ghani and his wife Lula, both American educated, were already living in the US seventies and chose to remain in exile the country after the Soviet-backed coup in Afghanistan in 1979.
Ashraf took up a teaching position at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland and the couple settled in a Baltimore suburb, He was later to have an 11-year career at the World Bank before moving on to became a UN advisor.
The former president’s son and daughter, both American citizens by birth, also live in US.
Days after Afghan president Ghani fled Kabul, his daughter 43-year-old daughter Mariam Ghani, who lives in California, urged her 3,000-plus Instagram followers to sign an online petition — demanding that the US and “governments around the world” come to the rescue of refugees, including cultural workers, stuck in Afghanistan and at the mercy of the marauding Taliban.
Just as Mariam was issuing appeals, allegations had already spread that her father had spirited tens of millions of dollars out of Afghanistan when he and the first lady had fled on Aug. 15, settling in relative luxury in the United Arab Emirates.
His son Tarek Ghani, 39, lives Washington, DC with his wife, Beth Pearson.
The former president who purportedly, is now living in safety and luxury in the United Arab Emirates, has claimed that he left as Taliban closed in, at the urging of palace security officials who feared his presence could spark “horrific street-to-street fighting’” like Kabul saw during the civil war in the 1990s. Ghani has said leaving Afghanistan “was the only way to keep the guns silent and save Kabul.
Ghani, 72, became Afghanistan’s president in 2014.