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The Former President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani has denied allegations that he fled his country with his Helicopter stashed with money.

The ex-President left Afghan as Taliban forces entered Kabul on Sunday, August 15.

But speaking for the first time from exile, Ghani confirmed he is in the United Arab Emirates and had fled his country to prevent bloodshed following advice from government officials.

Ghani also denied reports making the rounds that he took large sums of money in his helicopter as he departed the presidential palace.

There were reports that the former President fled with $169million stashed in his helicopter and has been given asylum in Dubai on ‘humanitarian grounds’.

The former President in a live Facebook broadcast, on said: “What had happened 25 years ago in Afghanistan was going to take place again. That was why I fled because that needed to be avoided, a shameful development like that.

“The dignity of Afghanistan was important for me, and that was to be ensured, so I had to leave Afghan to prevent bloodshed, in order to make sure that a huge disaster (was) avoided.

“I left on the advice of government officials.

“Kabul should not be turned into another Yemen or Syria overpower struggle so I was forced to leave,” he said.

He noted that he left Kabul with just a waistcoat and some clothes, adding that the allegation is a personality assassination against him.

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“The accusations are baseless lies. You can even ask customs officials – they are baseless,” he added.

Ghani also mentioned that he hopes to return home to continue justice for Afghans.

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“I’m in the UAE so that disasters are avoided. I’m in consultation with others until I (can) return so that I can continue my efforts for justice for the Afghans. I have no intention to remain in exile,” he said.

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