August 23rd, 2010
12:17 PM ET

Karzai confirms he intervened to get arrested official released

Afghan President Hamid Karzai confirmed Sunday that he engineered the release of Mohammed Zia Saleh, a top security official arrested earlier this year on suspicion of corruption.

Karzai told the ABC program "This Week" that Saleh's arrest at his home by armed, masked agents evoked memories of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.

"I have intervened," Karzai said. "I am the president of the country. I must uphold the constitution and do things legally."

Karzai's commitment to ending chronic corruption in Afghanistan has been questioned due to incidents such as Saleh's release and the president's efforts to exert control over anti-corruption units set up with assistance from U.S. security agencies.

"The bodies will stay to work, but they should be within the confines of the Afghan law, within the confines of the Afghan penal code with sovereign rights," Karzai said.

He said he "intervened very strongly" in the Saleh case because "this man was taken out of his home at night by 30" masked, armed men.

Such a detention reminded the Afghan people of the Soviet occupation, Kazai said.

"That case is already under investigation. Questions are continuing to be asked," he said.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai confirmed Sunday that he engineered the release of Mohammed Zia Saleh, a top security official arrested earlier this year on suspicion of corruption.

Karzai told the ABC program "This Week" that Saleh's arrest at his home by armed, masked agents evoked memories of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.

"I have intervened," Karzai said. "I am the president of the country. I must uphold the constitution and do things legally."

Karzai's commitment to ending chronic corruption in Afghanistan has been questioned due to incidents such as Saleh's release and the president's efforts to exert control over anti-corruption units set up with assistance from U.S. security agencies.

"The bodies will stay to work, but they should be within the confines of the Afghan law, within the confines of the Afghan penal code with sovereign rights," Karzai said.

He said he "intervened very strongly" in the Saleh case because "this man was taken out of his home at night by 30" masked, armed men.

Such a detention reminded the Afghan people of the Soviet occupation, Kazai said.

"That case is already under investigation. Questions are continuing to be asked," he said.

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  1. atal

    Make that a sparrow, a parrot would be too much of an upgrade for you.

    August 27, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. rick

    ah what are you trying to say it sounds like jibberish to me.

    August 24, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. atal

    Have you thought of buying a parrot to think for you?

    August 24, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. atal

    That is true spouting hatred cannot resolve the worlds problems but that is all he can do

    August 24, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. pamiri

    Fake Karzai, Pakistan and Taliban

    August 24, 2010 at 4:55 am | Report abuse |
  6. pamiri

    Dear All,
    Karzai is the leader cheater, as all of we know in first and seocnd presidential election he did cheating and fraud due to that he was given the power,
    now how can we expect from him, service for the country of Afghanistan, he is corrupted he released the Zia Saleh, who is the sakeholder of corruption with Karzai, nowadays Karzai is trying to bring back the Taliban, which is the Taliban is Karzai's relatives on power, although the people of Afghanistan do not want Taliban back, just Pashtuns want them back, not all people, other peole without Pashtuns are in majority about 65% of the population, still Karzai is trying to bring the Taliban back on power. Why?

    August 24, 2010 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |
  7. Gary Johndro

    Why did he do that,I wonder? I guess that he had his reasons.

    August 23, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Killem all, let Allauh sortem out.

      August 24, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |