THE FINDINGS: Political interference stymied an investigation into the collapse of Afghanistan's largest bank, while the men at Kabul Bank and their friends and relatives got rich off $861 million in fraudulent loans, according to an independent report.
CORRUPTION: The report details how politics played a role in who was charged in the case and why it took prosecutors so long to render indictments. Its findings reinforce the image of Afghanistan as deeply corrupt.
THE IMPLICATIONS: If those who carried out the fraud are not punished, it will likely be more difficult for the West to donate money to this impoverished, war-torn nation.
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