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MP calls for disclosing identities of Bangladeshis named in Paradise, Panama papers

MP calls for disclosing identities of Bangladeshis named in Paradise, Panama papers

Rustum Ali Faraji says the names should be revealed for the sake of national interest

Independent lawmaker Md Rustum Ali Faraji has called for the disclosure of identities of the Bangladeshis who have been named in the recently released Paradise and Panama papers.

He made the demand while speaking on point of order in parliament on Sunday.

The Pirojpur-3 MP said: “Previously, I had discussed the Panama Papers scandal in parliament and was told that a probe report in this regard will soon be prepared. However, we are still in the dark about that [report].”

The names should be revealed at the soonest for the sake of national interest, he added.

“There were 14 Bangladeshis listed in the Panama Papers. Now 21 people, including BNP chief Khaleda Zia’s Adviser Abdul Awal Mintoo and his family members, have been listed in the recently leaked Paradise Papers. We have also come to know the names of several other organisations.”

Faraji further said: “We want detailed information on who have siphoned how much money overseas. We also want to know if the money were black or white.”

The Paradise Papers is a set of 13.4 million confidential electronic documents relating to offshore investments that were leaked to the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung.

BNP Vice-Chairman Mintoo and several members of his family were named in the Paradise Papers, the second-largest leak of documents pertaining to tax avoidance.

The Paradise Papers listed NFM Energy Ltd, a company which uses Multimode Group’s address in Bangladesh. The corporate management of Multimode Group is comprised of Mintoo and his family.

The name of other Bangladesh-based organisation listed in the Paradise Papers was Brummer & Partner Asset Management (Bangladesh) Limited.

Part of this article was first published on Bangla Tribune

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