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Two foreigner suspects flee the country

Update : 23 Feb 2016, 07:33 PM

Two foreigners suspected to be involved with the recent ATM booth skimming have already fled the country, sources close to the investigation have said.

Interpol’s help would be sought for arresting the two Europeans who are believed to have provided technical support to other members of the forgery gang, a law enforcement official said on condition of anonymity.

The fugitive suspects are a former Ukrainian policeman named Andy and a Romanian citizen named Romeo; currently Andy is believed to be in his own home country, and Romeo in Istanbul.

Both of them arrived in Bangladesh on January 31 to provide technical support to the forgers. After the scam was exposed, Romeo left the country on February 13 and Andy on February 16.

A law enforcer, who is involved in the ongoing probe, told the Dhaka Tribune that Interpol’s help would be sought as soon as the five-day remands for those arrested in the case are over.

On Sunday, police arrested four people in connection with the recent ATM forgery. The suspects are Piotr Szczepan Mazurek alias Thomas, who came to Bangladesh with a Polish passport on business visa a year ago, and three bank officials from the City Bank’s card division: Maksud, Rezaul Karim Shahin and Refaz Ahmed Roni.

Investigators yesterday said more than a hundred others, including 50 bankers, were still under police surveillance.

There is already enough proof to arrest a further eight to ten people who were involved in the crime, sources said.

DMP Detective Branch chief, Additional Commissioner Monirul Islam, said they were currently verifying the information given by the arrestees, while proper action would be taken after remand.

According to investigators, around ten banks which facilitated point of sale service to the forgery victims were currently under probe.

Meanwhile, detectives said they had recently received another complaint from a ATM forgery victim, who is the client of a private bank which was not previously reported as a target of the scam.

The victim reportedly had Tk48,000 stolen from his account through ATM booth skimming.

However, sources refused to disclose the name of the new bank because of ongoing investigation.

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