HC seeks names of Bangladeshi money launderers with dual nationality

DHAKA, Dec 21, 2020 (BSS) – The High Court today sought a list of Bangladeshi nationals suspected of money laundering with dual nationality and passports.

A virtual High Court division bench comprising Justice Mohammad Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Ahmed Sohail passed the order today.

Deputy Attorney General AKM Amin Uddin Manik told BSS that the Special Superintendent of Police (Immigration) has been directed to submit the list by February 28 next year.

Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan who represented the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in the virtual court said that ACC sought an order from the court seeking a list Bangladeshi nationals with double citizenship and passports holders involved in money laundering.

Earlier, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen at a press conference on November 18 spoke about money laundering abroad.

Based on his speech, reports were published in various media on the issue.

Taking those reports into cognizance, the court issued the rule on November 22 and issued the order after hearing suo moto.

In the rule, the court wanted to know why the inaction of the defendants would not be declared illegal to take appropriate action as per the law against government officials and businessmen involved in money laundering.

ACC Chairman, Home Secretary, Foreign Secretary, Bangladesh Bank, Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit, NBR Chairman and Dhaka Deputy Commissioner were asked to respond to the rule and submit all kinds of information including names and addresses of money launderers abroad.

On December 17, five agencies, including the ACC, placed information about money laundering before the court.

On the same day, the court again ordered more details about the money launderers.

The court today, sought a list of Bangladeshi nationals who have dual citizenship and passports and have amassed wealth abroad through money laundering.


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