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Former Afghan soccer officials indicted in sex abuse scandal

Kabul, Jul 22 (efe-epa).- Five former Afghan soccer officials, accused of sexually abusing some female players, have been indicted by prosecutors, the Attorney General’s Office said in a statement on Monday.

AGO spokesperson Jamshid Rasouli told EFE that the investigation into the case of “sexual and physical abuse of female soccer players was recently completed and (the probe report has been) sent to the Court of Countering Violence Against Women”.

The prosecutors made claims against former president of the Afghan Football Federation (AFF), Keramuddin Karim, and four of his colleagues.

“In the dossier…, the prosecutors (have) filed charges such as rape, sexual harassment, misuse of authority and concealing of crime against former football officials,” an AGO statement said.

The prosecutors began investigating the allegations last year after a number of female players claimed that the chief of the federation and some of his colleagues had sexually and physically abused them for years.

The five AAF officials were suspended in December 2018 and also barred from leaving the country.

Last month, the AGO issued an arrest warrant against Karim after the he refused to personally show up for questioning. However, he was not arrested.

Rasouli said the probe report was concluded even as Karim didn’t record his statement and respond to allegations.

The associate president was in June last year also found guilty by FIFA of having abused his position and sexually abuse various female players.

In its decision, FIFA sanctioned Karim with a life ban from all soccer-related activities at both national and international level and a fine of nearly $1 million imposed on him. EFE-EPA

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