One said to purchase 10 properties worth more than $10 million
Many members of Afghanistans last government fled the country in the years leading up to the fall of Kabul and are now living in luxury, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.
Many of the former officials bought expensive homes in the U.S. worth millions of dollars, according to the WSJ, which reviewed property records. The officials fled their country as the Afghan people became subject to Taliban rule and Afghanistans economy fell into shambles.
Afghanistans former finance minister Eklil Hakimi purchased about 10 properties in California from when he was in office to after he left Afghanistan in 2018, according to the WSJ. Eight of the properties were transferred to a company called Zala Group in Hakimis wifes name, one of which is worth $2.5 million, making the 10 properties worth over $10 million.
Afghanistans most recent finance minister, Khalid Payenda, owns two properties close to Washington, D.C. worth more than $1 million, one of which was purchased in cash, according to the WSJ.
Having a house [that has a mortgage] and a rental do not necessarily mean you do not run into cash-flow problems, Payenda told the WSJ, adding that he drove for Uber when he first came to the U.S.
The countrys former president Ashraf Ghani fled the country as the Taliban began taking control of Kabul. Ghani reportedly left the country in a helicopter he loaded with cash, according to the WSJ.
The countrys former national security adviser Hamdullah Mohib fled with Ghani and later moved to a home in Florida thats owned by his mother- in-law, according to the WSJ.
Since the fall of Kabul, a lot of rumors are flying around. I am personally disturbed by it, Mohib said, according to the WSJ, adding he made financial sacrifices to work for the government.
Other former members of Afghanistans government have fled and obtained luxury real estate in countries like Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, according to the WSJ.
These 2 Vegetables Legally Kill Your Belly Fat Overnight If You Like to Play On Your PC, This Old-School Strategy Game is a Must. None of the former Afghan officials mentioned this story immediately responded to the Daily Caller News Foundations requests for comment, while Mohib couldnt be reached for comment.
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