May 20 - –Afghanistan’s Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum left the country for Turkey amid accusations of the kidnapping, torture and rape of a political rival.Officials in Afghanistan confirmed Dostum left Kabul for Turkey on Friday night. A spokesman for the vice president asserted he left the country for a medical check-up.”I have remained with my people in complex circumstances, and I am concerned about the security situation in the country,” Dostum said. “After completing the medical checkups, I will return to the country in a short while.”Officials asserted Dostum was flown out of the country on an air ambulance.Dostum has not been charged with any offense, yet the government started an investigation in to claims made by Ahmad Eshchi, a former ally of the vice president, who asserted he was abducted during a sports agree in 2016 and was held for 10 days. He asserted he was raped and tortured by Dostum and his guards.Dostum was seen publicly yelling at Eshchi, a former governor of his home province of of Jowzjan, before having guards drag him away.The vice president denied the allegations and initially refused to cooperate with the investigation, although some of his bodyguards eventually agreed to questioning.Following Dostum’s resistance President Ashraf Ghani and his western allies looked to have the vice president exiled and contacted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey.At one point while the government was considering exile a Turkish plane arrived to pick up Dostum and take him from Afghanistan, yet he refused to go.He had previously left the country to go to Turkey in 2008 after facing allegations he had abducted, beaten and sexually assaulted a political rival in Kabul and fired at cops officers who arrived at the scene.
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