Taking Graft to New Heights

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I’ve never heard of the Italian news agency ADNkronos, but today they report a pretty spectacular statistic:

Kabul, 28 October(AKI) – Anti-corruption officials believe graft is eating up a staggering 75 percent of the Afghan government’s revenues, a news conference heard on Wednesday. A senior official in Afghanistan’s anti-corruption department, Muhammad Yasin Osmani, said most of the revenues were being wasted due to administrative corruption.

….Finance ministry spokesman Aziz Shams admitted government revenues were being squandered but said Osmani had over-dramatised the situation.

But does Aziz Shams mean over-dramatized in the sense of “wrong” or over-dramatized in the sense “making too big a fuss over it”?  Steve Hynd wants to know.

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