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Afghan official accuses U.S. ambassador of making threat over corruption case

CONGO Congolese men in Kinshasa hold a photo of President Joseph Kabila as they try to glimpse Belgium's Queen Paola, who is visiting to help mark Congo's 50th anniversary of independence from Belgium.
CONGO Congolese men in Kinshasa hold a photo of President Joseph Kabila as they try to glimpse Belgium's Queen Paola, who is visiting to help mark Congo's 50th anniversary of independence from Belgium. (Geert Vanden Wijngaert/associated Press)

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

AFGHANISTAN

Official cites U.S. threat over corruption case

Afghanistan's attorney general on Tuesday accused the U.S. ambassador in Kabul of threatening to have him ousted if he didn't pursue the case of a banker suspected of fraud.

Mohammed Ishaq Aloko lashed out at Karl W. Eikenberry during a news conference in the Afghan capital convened to dispute the allegation that his office's corruption task force routinely bows to political pressure from President Hamid Karzai's administration. The Washington Post reported Monday that U.S. officials working with the attorney general's office are frustrated by political meddling that derails corruption probes.

Aloko described his office as "independent" and immune to political influence. He said Eikenberry recently violated "diplomatic ethics" by suggesting that Aloko could lose his job if he didn't aggressively prosecute a banker incriminated during the prosecution of a minister who left the country after being charged with corruption.

"The ambassador's discussions with his counterparts are private, and we're not going to comment on them," said U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden.

Earlier Tuesday, an Afghan employee of the United Nations was shot in Kabul while driving a marked U.N. vehicle. The shooting occurred near a busy downtown traffic circle near the gate that leads to the U.S. Embassy and NATO headquarters.

The United Nations said in a statement that it is investigating the shooting and demanded that the culprits "be brought to justice without delay."

-- Ernesto LondoƱo

KASHMIR

3 killed in outbreak of anti-India protests

Police and paramilitary troops fired on thousands of anti-India protesters in Kashmir on Tuesday, killing at least three people in the worst street violence in a year, police said.


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