Banks told to send in account and transaction details of leaders of top journalist bodies by Tuesday
Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU) has opened investigations into bank accounts of 11 senior journalists, including the National Press Club President Farida Yasmin and General Secretary Ilyas Khan.
On Sunday, the BFIU, the central agency that investigates money laundering and suspicious transactions, ordered all banks to send in financial information, including bank statements of the journalists, according to media reports.
The nine other journalists, whose bank details have been sought, include Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) faction President Kader Gani Chowdhury and its General Secretary Md Shahidul Islam, and Sajjad Alam Khan Tapu, the general secretary of another DUJ faction.
Details of accounts held by presidents and general secretaries of two factions of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) M Abdullah, Nurul Amin Rokon, Mollah Jalal, and Abdul Majid have also been sought.
Banks have also been told to provide all financial details of Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU) President Morsalin Nomani and General Secretary Mosiur Rahman Khan.
The BFIU has sought all kinds of information on the bank accounts maintained by the senior journalists, including account opening forms with all documents, KYC, transaction profile, transaction details by Tuesday, according to reports.