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Afghanistan attorney general says army general assaulted him

[JURIST] The Attorney General of Afghanistan [JURIST news archive] Abdul Jabbar Sabet Friday accused Army General Deen Mohammed Jurat and Jurat's numerous armed bodyguards of attacking him and his men. Sabet says his group, which included the mayor of Kabul and several members of parliament, were traveling north of Kabul when they stopped at a roadblock. Sabet said he left his car to investigate the cause when Jurat and approximately 40 armed men walked up and assaulted him, leading to a fight in which several cars were struck by bullets. Jurat, a senior interior ministry official, claimed his men acted in self defense, and that the fight was started when Sabet stopped Jurat's car at the road block and slapped his driver in the face.

Sabet claims that the attack was prompted by Sabet ordering the arrest of Jurat's officials on suspicion of corruption. Afghan President Hamid Karzai [official website; JURIST news archive] gave Sabet the task of weeding out corruption [press release] in the Afghan government in 2006. BBC News has more.

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