As if the battle against terrorists isn't hard enough, outright, flagrant corruption in Afghanistan is setting some Taliban, convicted with lengthy sentences, free.
Corruption, which is rampant in most Muslim nations, is allowing terrorists to buy their way out jail faster than the coalition can put them in.
Taliban commander buys his Freedom, Again
Released: January 8, 2008 19:30
Last Modified: January 8, 2008 19:32
KABUL - A high ranking Taliban commander has bought his freedom from an Afghan prison for the third time in three years . Mullah Sorkh Naqaibullah claims his latest release cost him 10,000 euros($14,800.00) to buy off corrupt officials and leave his cell.
The man, nicknamed the Red Mullah, told the British broadcaster BBC that he in similarly fashion escaped lengthy detention sentences in 2004 and 2005. He is especially active in Helmand province, where British soldiers are operating.
He was last arrested in July of last year. He served 5 months of a lengthy sentence before buying his way out, and is already leading new operations against NATO soldiers in the district of Gereshk.
The international community that is trying to secure and rebuild Afghanistan has been complaining for years about the flagrant corruption in the Asian country. The BBC reported Tuesday that after this latest embarrassing incident, an official investigation has begun.