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ACC to bring back money launderers from abroad with help of Interpol

The decision was taken at national anti-graft body’s regular meeting in Dhaka on Wednesday

Update : 05 Feb 2020, 05:40 PM

The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has decided to seek assistance from Interpol to bring back people convicted of money laundering who have fled abroad.

The decision was taken at the national anti-graft body’s regular meeting in Dhaka on Wednesday.

ACC Public Relations Officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune.

The decision came amid protests of Bangladeshis living in Canada, against money laundering and launderers. 

A human chain demonstration in Toronto on Sunday, urged the Canadian government to take stern action against those involved in money laundering from Bangladesh to Canada.

They said Canada, where many money launderers are suspected to have taken shelter, should not be a safe house for them. They also urged the Bangladesh government to take steps against the culprits.

Pranab said: "The ACC has decided to bring back those who are now living abroad and the commission has filed cases against them under the money laundering act." 

At the meeting, ACC Chairman Iqbal Mahmood said these money launderers who are now living a life of luxury abroad, will have to face ACC for each offense. The commission will bring them to justice, regardless of their association with any party. 

"We want to send a clear message to the corrupt that they cannot avoid legal consequences, no matter where they are. We will not allow them to enjoy their illegal money."

He also said criminals will be brought back home with assistance from international assistance and techniques, including Interpol.

"This process will continue," he added.

According to a Global Financial Integrity report, $5.9 billion was siphoned off from Bangladesh in 2015 while  deposits of Bangladeshi nationals with various Swiss banks rose by 28.34% to 617 million Swiss Francs year on year in 2018.

Among others, ACC Commissioner (Investigation) AFM Aminul Islam, Secretary Muhammad Dilwar Bakht, Director Mir Zainul Abedin Shibli, and Syed Iqbal Hossain, were present at the event.

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