27 Sep 2016
An eight-year effort to identify and root out corruption in the government of Afghanistan was largely window dressing, and cases of bribery and embezzlement amounting to as much as $100 million went unprosecuted, according to a new report by a U.S. government watchdog.
The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) said the High Office of Oversight, set up in 2008 to combat corruption in the Afghan government, was largely ineffective because high-level officials failed to cooperate.
It quoted a HOO adviser as saying the office was essentially a ruse “designed to keep the international community happy while the government bought more time.”
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