Thursday, May 27th, 2010
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Dawood Azami, BBC News
May 27, 2010
The half-brother of the Afghan president has denied any involvement in corruption.
In an interview with the BBC, Ahmad Wali Karzai accused “local enemies” and and the Western media of spreading malicious rumours about him.
Mr Karzai, the leader of the provincial council in Kandahar, has been linked to the drug trade and organised crime.
He has strenuously denied the allegations, accusing his critics of “seeking to defame him”.
Ahmad Wali Karzai is one of the main power brokers in the province of Kandahar, an area where the Taliban have a strong presence.
In an interview with the BBC, he said that Western officials had now realised that many of the allegations against him were baseless.
”Western officials have been victims of the negative propaganda against me by my opponents who have an agenda,” he said.
”The Western media want to sell stories and that is why they base their reports on rumours.”
Kandahar, the second biggest city in Afghanistan, is the birthplace of the Taliban movement.