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Faced with the outcry over revelations of large-scale pedophile practices at the gates of Kabul, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani finally disavowed his own intelligence services on Tuesday (November 26th). After declaring "Deeply disturbed by reports of sexual abuse in the province of Logar", he ordered the National Directorate of Security (NDS) to stop the proceedings against two associative leaders who have discovered the existence of a real network. They were released on Wednesday and placed under the protection of the Ministry of the Interior. The Ministry of Education was also ordered to investigate the facts reported.

Two social workers and human rights activists, Musa Mahmudi and Ehsanullah Hamidi, were arrested by NDS on 21 November as they were preparing to meet Pierre Mayaudon, ambassador of the European Union, in Kabul. in Kabul. With a colleague, they came to expose the elements discovered during an investigation in their province of Logar with 500 people, victims and witnesses of this abuse on children. The information thus collected enabled them to establish that 130 young boys had been sexually abused by a network of adults living in the Logar.

Death threats

Before they wanted to alert foreign diplomats, they had transmitted the results of their work to two international media and an independent television station in Afghanistan. «More than 100 videos (pedophile acts) posted on Facebook » supported their accusations. According to the British daily The Guardian, families, hurt by this advertisement, would have repaired their honor by killing "Their sons, whose features were recognizable". Mr. Mahmudi emphasized the active role played in this network by teachers, principals and local officials.

On Tuesday, the NDS had accused Mahmudi of transmitting this information "For the sole purpose of fabricating a story to seek asylum for him and his family in a foreign country". The NDS, who qualified his thesis "Unfounded allegations", broadcast a video recording of Mr. Mahmudi during his detention. He was contrite and declared that his "Inquiry was inaccurate, incomplete and not complete".

According to Amnesty International, the activist has also received death threats from people accusing him of "Dishonored the people of Logar". The US ambassador to Kabul, John Bass, said Tuesday, in a Tweet "Deeply disturbed by Soviet-style tactics" Afghan intelligence services.

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