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Iqbal Mahmud: ACC in action against prime culprits

  • Published at 10:58 pm November 5th, 2019
File photo of Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman Iqbal Mahmud Collected

He emphasized that the commission is committed to make the accused face the law, no matter what their status is if they are involved in corruption

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Iqbal Mahmud said that the commission not only seizes the accused of corruption but also catch the prime culprits. Many high profile officials have been interrogated and others will follow suit. 

He emphasized that the commission is committed to make the accused face the law, no matter what their status is if they are involved in corruption. 

ACC chairman made the remarks during a meeting with a three-member delegation of the US Justice Department and the State Department. The bilateral meeting was held at the ACC headquarters in Segunbagicha on Tuesday.

The delegation wanted to know why 30% of those accused were released and whether it is because of poor investigation, or weak prosecution.

Responding to this question, the ACC chairman said, “Your assumption may all be true." 

However, currently, the commission has provided extensive training to its officials concerned in investigation and prosecution. 

He claimed that currently, the conviction rate has gone up to 70% from 22%.  

The chairman added that the commission has filed more than 200 money laundering cases. Of these, 16 cases have received verdicts and punishment from the judiciary. 

The ACC chairman thanked the delegates, saying that the United States has been playing a praiseworthy role in enhancing the commission's ability by training 164 officers of the commission over the past three years on investigation, query, and prosecution.

He added, “Corruption prevents the establishment of good governance. But we are working together with other institutions to improve government services. In this regard, the commission is conducting multi-dimensional activities."

Furthermore, the chairman said, "The Anti-Corruption Commission has issued a letter expressing its intention to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the USA's Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The chairman expects that the MoU will be signed and the bureau's cooperation will be extended. 

The chairman also urged FBI officials to come to Bangladesh and train ACC officials.

Iqbal Mahmud also wants to help establish a forensic laboratory and make maximum use of technology to prevent money laundering, financial supporters of terrorist activities, criminals, and corruption conspirators.

Among others, Eric Opanga, a resident legal adviser for the Justice Department and two State Department officials were present in the meeting.