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CID fails to submit Bangladesh Bank reserve heist report for 47th time

  • Published at 03:56 pm February 17th, 2021
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The case was filed over the $101m heist from Bangladesh Bank's reserve in 2016

A Dhaka court has deferred the submission of a probe report over the $101m heist from Bangladesh Bank's reserve, to March 31.

The development took place as the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) failed to submit the probe report on Wednesday, for the 47th straight time, reports Bangla Tribune.

Metropolitan Magistrate Shadbir Yeasir Ahsan Chowdhury passed the order after CID’s Additional Superintendent of Police Muhammad Raihanul Islam, also the investigating officer of the case, could not submit the report before the court.

On March 22, 2016, the then metropolitan magistrate Md Mahbubur Rahman allowed the CID to conduct forensic tests on the hard drives of three Bangladesh Bank computers.

The three hard disks were seized from Bangladesh Bank after the heist occurred.

Hackers stole $101 million from Bangladesh Bank’s account with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in February 2016. Of the stolen amount, $81 million was transferred to four accounts with the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) in Manila and another $20 million to a bank in Sri Lanka.

However, the transfer of $20 million to Sri Lanka failed due to a spelling error by the hackers. 

Later, the central bank of Bangladesh was able to retrieve only about $15 million from the Philippines.

Bangladesh Bank Deputy Director (accounts and budgeting) Zobayer Bin Huda filed a case with Motijheel police station on March 15, 2016, in this connection under the Money Laundering Act, Information and Communication Technology Act and the Penal Code. 

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