Afghan president orders probe into abuse of athletes

President Ashraf Ghani ordered an investigation into allegations of abuse of female athletes. (AP)
Updated 04 December 2018
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Afghan president orders probe into abuse of athletes

  • The report cited senior figures associated with the team as saying the abuse took place at the federation’s headquarters in Kabul

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani ordered Tuesday an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse of female athletes, saying that any kind of misconduct against athletes, male or female, was unacceptable.

The development follows a Guardian report last Friday about sexual abuse of Afghan female soccer players. 

The report cited senior figures associated with the team as saying the abuse took place at the federation’s headquarters in Kabul and at a training camp in Jordan last February. Ghani described the report as “shocking to all Afghans,” the presidential palace said.  

On Monday night, he met with officials from the Afghan National Olympic Committee, sportsmen and sportswomen, and pledged authorities would “conduct a thorough investigation into this.” 


Owner of New Delhi hotel where fire killed 17 arrested

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Owner of New Delhi hotel where fire killed 17 arrested

  • Authorities say the building had an unauthorized rooftop kitchen
  • Police say most of the deaths were caused by suffocation

NEW DELHI: Indian authorities say they have arrested the owner of a New Delhi hotel where 17 people were killed by a fire.
Police say Arpit Palace Hotel owner Rakesh Goel appeared Sunday in court, which ruled that police could take him into custody for questioning.
Two hotel managers have been in custody on suspicion of culpable homicide since last Tuesday's fire.
Authorities say the building had an unauthorized rooftop kitchen, which a video showed was engulfed in flames.
Police say most of the deaths were caused by suffocation. Police Additional Commissioner Amit Sharma said two people jumped from the six-story hotel to their deaths.
Sharma said the cause of the fire was still under investigation.