Abuse of power

Colonel in Afghanistan under investigation after video of him having sex with subordinate goes viral

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A colonel in Afghanistan’s military has been placed under investigation after a video emerged showing him having sexual intercourse with a female subordinate. According to a report by The Guardian, the colonel had coerced the woman into having sex after she had approached him about a promotion. The graphic video, which has gone viral on social media in Afghanistan and ignited a major public outcry, was somehow covertly shot by the woman as the colonel was having sex with her. The Guardian reports she then gave the video to a colleague, who leaked it. Several colleagues reportedly said the colonel, who has been identified as Abdur Rassoul Mayel Laghmani, an Afghan Air Force surgeon, pressured the woman into sex after the promotion request.

According to Pajhwok Afghan News, the ministry of defense has launched a formal investigation into the incident. The Guardian spoke to some of the colonel’s colleagues, who requested anonymity, and said that he has a history of treating women in a harassing manner. “I know he has done this many times [with other women]” one pilot said.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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