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A third of Afghans pay bribes

Corruption has soared in recent years as the United States and other international donors have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into Afghanistan, giving the Taliban a powerful tool to delegitimise the Afghan government, according to a new national survey

world Updated: Jul 09, 2010 00:23 IST

Corruption has soared in recent years as the United States and other international donors have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into Afghanistan, giving the Taliban a powerful tool to delegitimise the Afghan government, according to a new national survey.

The survey by the Kabul-based anti-corruption group Integrity Watch Afghanistan, suggests that Afghans see their country’s police and judicial officials as the most corrupt in the government.

The Interior Ministry, which oversees the police forces; The Justice Ministry; and the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency, are seen as the most corrupt government departments.

Roughly 28 per cent of households surveyed reported having paid a bribe last year.

Of those, about 78 per cent are in rural areas.

Last year, Afghans paid roughly $1 billion in bribes, nearly twice the amount paid in 2007.

The sum is equal to nearly a third of the country’s annual budget.

The most common types of bribes were paid for favourable disposition of court cases and for police protection.

Bribes were also commonly paid for routine government services, such as electricity, the issuance of passports and national identification forms, and access to education.

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