Wednesday 18 September 2019

Afghan president orders probe into abuse of female athletes

The move follows a report on the alleged sexual abuse of footballers.

Afghan president Ashraf Ghani (AP)
Afghan president Ashraf Ghani (AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

Afghan president Ashraf Ghani has ordered the attorney general’s office to conduct an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse of female athletes.

The statement from the presidential palace quotes Mr Ghani as saying that any kind of misconduct against athletes, male or female, was not acceptable.

The development follows a Guardian report last Friday about cases of sexual abuse of Afghan female football players.

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The president said the allegations were shocking to all Afghans (AP)

Mr Ghani said the allegations are “shocking to all Afghans”.

He met officials from the Afghan National Olympic Committee, sportsmen and sportswomen at the presidential palace on Monday night, and pledged that authorities would “conduct a thorough investigation into this”.

Attorney general Farid Hamedi said his office has already formulated a plan for a comprehensive and transparent investigation.

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