Ousted Afghanistan President arrives UAE with family and multi-million dollar loot
Ousted Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has landed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with his family and the multimillion-dollar loot he allegedly smuggled out of Kabul after the Taliban took control.
Local media reports indicated Mr Ghani was welcomed into the UAE with his family on humanitarian grounds, announcing his arrival on Wednesday.
According to Sharjah-based website UAE Barq, “the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation can confirm that the #UAE has welcomed President #AshrafGhani and his family into the country on humanitarian grounds.”
According to the Peoples Gazette on Tuesday, the ousted Afghan president fled the nation with four vehicles and a cash-filled chopper.
Some of the money looted by Mr Ghani was left flying on the tarmac because it couldn’t fit inside the helicopter, according to Nikita Ishchenko, a spokesman for the Russian embassy in Kabul.
“Four cars were full of money, they tried to stuff another part of the money into a helicopter, but not all of it fit. And some of the money was left lying on the tarmac,” Mr Ischenko said.
Following the takeover of the country’s capital by Taliban gunmen on Sunday, Mr Ghani fled the presidential palace in Kabul.
During the weekend, as the United States and other countries began to withdraw their forces from Afghanistan, Islamists made quick inroads across the country.
Mr Ghani, who was roundly chastised by his cabinet members for leaving the country at a vital juncture, retorted that he left to avoid bloodshed.
The planned deadline for the full withdrawal of US soldiers from Afghanistan was September 11th, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.