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Major General Abdul Wase Raoufi Conviction

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    Posted: 03-Mar-2017 at 3:29pm

Afghan Major General Convicted for Bribery

 In late August 2016, SIGAR received information relating to allegations of bid rigging and collusion involving owners of fuel and logistics companies and Ministry of Interior (MOI) Major General Abdul Wase Raoufi. The bid rigging was related to the MOI fuel-procurement bidding process. At the time, Raoufi chaired the Fuel Evaluation Committee that oversaw MOI’s fuel bidding and procurement process.

 SIGAR initiated an investigation into these allegations in cooperation with the Afghan Major Crimes Task Force (MCTF). The MCTF is an elite investigative body which investigates high-level corruption cases. Working jointly with SIGAR, the MCTF investigation revealed that Raoufi and MOI officers used their influence in the bidding process to collect bribes from the qualified bidding vendors of $100,000–150,000 for each of the seven zone fuel lots in the MOI fuel contracts.

 The MCTF initiated an undercover sting operation in conjunction with and under authority of prosecutors of the Afghan Attorney General’s Office (AGO) assigned to the MCTF.

 On the evening of September 27, 2016, the MCTF established a surveillance of an undercover meeting at Raoufi’s home in Kabul, Afghanistan. During the meeting, Raoufi solicited a $150,000 bribe from an MCTF undercover agent for the award of one lot on the MOI fuel contract. Raoufi also implicated 16 other MOI officers in the bribery scheme during the meeting.

 On September 29, 2016, the MCTF undercover agent again met with Raoufi. The MCTF officer paid a $150,000 cash bribe to Raoufi, who was then arrested by members of the MCTF and AGO.

 On January 9, 2017, Raoufi was found guilty of accepting a $150,000 bribe in exchange for awarding a fuel contract. The trial was held at the newly established Anti-Corruption Justice Center (ACJC). Raoufi was sentenced to 14 years in jail and fined $150,000. He was also fined 18,000 Afghanis for forging documents regarding an armored vehicle he was using. He was allowed 20 days to appeal the verdict.

 The Court also issued summonses for six other MOI officials as part of this continuing investigation. SIGAR will continue to work jointly with its partners at the MCTF, ACJC, and the AGO to fight waste, fraud, and abuse of U.S. reconstruction funds in Afghanistan.  

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