Taliban seizes $12.4 million from former government officials

Afghanistan’s central bank, controlled by the Taliban, says it has seized nearly $12.4 million in cash and gold from former government officials.

The central bank of Afghanistan announced on September 15 that money and gold were found in the homes of former government officials, including former vice president Amrullah Saleh, although it is not clear what they left the money and gold in the house.

The Taliban counts money collected in the house of a former Afghan government official on September 15.  Photo: Central Bank of Afghanistan

The Taliban counts money collected in the house of a former Afghan government official on September 15. Photo: Central Bank of Afghanistan

Saleh’s whereabouts are unknown. He has vowed to fight the Taliban, who seized power a month ago. A family member of the former vice president said last week that the Taliban had executed his brother, Rohullah Azizi.

In a separate statement, the bank called on Afghans to use the local currency, amid growing concern that Afghan banks and companies lack funds, especially the widely used US dollar.

One sign that the Taliban are seeking to recover the assets of former government officials is that the central bank last week issued a circular to local banks, asking them to freeze the accounts of individuals involved. relationship with the former government, according to two commercial banks.

Hong Hanh (Follow Reuters)

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