Officials from Junbish-i-Milli Islami Afghanistan on Monday said the case of kidnapping and sexual abuse against First Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum will be dismissed as the allegations are false.
Early last year, the former Jawzjan governor Ahmad Eshchi accused Dostum of having kidnapped him and ordering his guards to torture and sexually abuse him.
On Monday, Nusrat Ibrahimi, the secretary of Junbish’s Central Youth Council, said all allegations leveled against Dostum, the party’s leader, are baseless.
“This is a totally baseless allegation, it has no legal grounds and this case will be closed,” said Ibrahimi.
According to Junbish-i-Milli, Nizamuddin Qaisari, the former police chief of Qaisar district and a close aide to Dostum, has also been released and is currently staying at a National Directorate of Security (NDS) guesthouse.
Qaisari was arrested by Special Forces three weeks ago after allegedly insulting security officials.
Security forces have not as yet revealed details around his arrest nor have they commented on his apparent release.
Meanwhile Dostum said on Sunday, at a welcome home ceremony at Sedarat Palace, that he will meet with President Ashraf Ghani on Monday to discuss the Qaisari issue.
Speaking to his supporters in Sedarat Palace, after his arrival, Dostum called on them to remain calm and end their protests in Faryab province, one of his major strongholds in the north.
But Eshchi, who brought the charges against Dostum, has accused government of trying to politicize the case.
He said that government has been dragging its feet over the investigation.
Eshchi also blasted the Afghan legal and judicial institutions for not being strong enough to tackle the case.
Both the Presidential Palace and the Attorney General’s Office refuse to give out details about Dostum’s case or about the arrest of Qaisari.
“This case has not been investigated properly; the government is wasting time in this respect, it could have wrapped this up in six months if the government had worked on it,” said Eshchi.
Legal experts have called on legal and judicial institutions to ensure that everyone is treated equally in the eyes of the law.
“The legal and judicial institutions should implement the law on citizens in an equal manner,” said legal expert Ainuddin Bahaduri.
Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah said he hopes that with Dostum having returned, the process of peace and stability can be strengthened in the country.
“We welcome the return of the First Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum to the country, we hope that his presence in the country leads to the promotion of national unity and also peace and stability,” said Abdullah.