Presidential Guard Arrested Over Alleged Kidnapping


A President’s Protective Service’s (PPS) guard has been arrested by the Ministry of Interior for allegedly kidnapping a man about a month ago.

According to a source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, the guard is being held in the custody of the National Directorate of Security (NDS).

Aimal, the brother of the kidnapped man, Hamid, claims that a PPS guard kidnapped his brother a month ago.

“I logged a complaint with the security organization and told them that this person has kidnapped my brother, but they said that you don’t have proof and we cannot arrest this person,” Aimal said.

“After 14 days, the department for the fight against major crimes telephoned me and said they have arrested the person. The investigation shows that the SIM card of the PPS guard was activated in my brother Hamid’s phone six days after his kidnapping and the department of major crimes at the Ministry of Interior arrested him. But he denies [his involvement],” Aimal added.

He said his mother has become sick in the wake of the kidnapping.

Aimal said the PPS guard’s father and a colleague also need to be investigated in connection with the case. “I say that the father and a colleague of this person should be investigated, who might know about this kidnapping. They tell me that on what proof you say this? When a cell phone of a kidnapped person is found on someone, isn’t this proof?” asked Aimal.

Security sources meanwhile confirmed a PPS guard was arrested in connection with the kidnapping and is in NDS custody.

“Crime is an individual act. This person was in a lower rank of guards. His crime has not been proven so far, but there is a claim. PPS has helped the judicial organization and has left the responsibility of the investigation up to them. We respect their (judicial organizations) decision, whatever it may be,” said Sayed Zafar Hashemi, the deputy spokesman for President Ashraf Ghani.

Meanwhile, the family of the kidnapped man has urged government to secure Hamid’s release.

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