Afghan president fled to Dubai ‘with helicopter and cars filled with cash’, Russia claims
- President Ashraf Ghani fled Kabul as the Taliban reached the capital on Sunday
- He fled without assistance from the US, presidential palace bodyguard has said
- The ‘snap’ decision came after last ditch negotiations to avoid fighting in Kabul
- He took with him four cars and a helicopter stuffed with $169million in cash
- He has since arrived in Dubai, and been given asylum on ‘humanitarian grounds’
It has emerged that Afghanistan’s President, Ashraf Ghani, has been granted asylum in Dubai after fleeing Kabul in a helicopter, along with $169 million in cash.
Ghani fled the country on Sunday, August 15, as the Taliban approached the Afghan capital, leaving the Islamic militants to occupy the Presidential Palace.
It was initially unknown where Ghani had escaped to, but it’s now come to light that he’s residing in Dubai after being given asylum on humanitarian grounds.
He also took with him four cars stuffed with money, according to a Russian embassy spokesperson.
Ghani reportedly flew to Tajikistan, but was diverted to Oman after officials refused permission to land, before travelling on to Dubai.
At the time Russia said it would maintain a diplomatic presence in Kabul and develop ties with the Taliban, even if it hasn’t yet recognised the militant group as Afghanistan’s rulers.
Nikita Ishchenko, a spokesman for the embassy, said: ‘As for the collapse of the regime, it is most eloquently characterised by the way Ghani fled Afghanistan.
‘Four cars were full of money, they tried to stuff another part of the money into a helicopter, but not all of it fit. And some of the money was left lying on the tarmac’.
President Vladimir Putin’s special representative on Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov said earlier it was unclear how much money the fleeing government would leave behind.