Hamid Karzai's brother is 'major dope dealer'

Alex Thomson is just back from Channel 4's week of news from Afghanistan, and he's brought a suitcase full of gossip back with him.

Unsurprisingly, he was most scathing of the Ministry of Defence's attempt to ban ITV journalists from embedding with the British military. He said it was 'stupid, irrational and inexcusable.'

But by far the most interesting thing he had to say was on the president of Afghanistan.

'[Hamid' Karzai's brother in Kabul is a major dope dealer,' he said. 'I can say this without fear of libel.'

Ahmed Wali Karzai, a political representative for Southern Afghanistan, has been frequently linked to the drug trade, an allegation he vehemently denied to the Telegraph last year.

But the Channel 4 team exposed just how open the drugs trade in Afghanistan is at present. It would be no surprise if, as Thomson suggests, it goes right to the very highest level of government.

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