Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

New probe into Kabul Bank scandal an ‘important symbolic act’

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Deutsche Welle (online), 2 October 2014

Interview with AAN’s Martine van Bijlert on new president Ghani’s decree urging the re-opening of the Kabul Bank case. She concludes that:

“The big question now is whether the judiciary will indeed treat the case differently than it has done in the past. Which is not just about the Kabul Bank, but about how power and protection works in general. If there is indeed a more robust follow-up, it can mean two things. It can mean that the judiciary and the government are slowly shedding their patronage-based way of working. But it could also mean that the shift in power has simply left people who used to be politically protected, now unprotected – without fundamentally changing the principles of cronyism. And realistically speaking, it’s not going to be very easy to change that.”