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Swiss embassy admits envoy’s statement was wrong

The envoy earlier this month said Bangladesh had not sought information on money deposited in Swiss banks by anyone specific

Update : 27 Aug 2022, 03:56 PM

The Swiss Embassy has informed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that Nathalie Chuard's statement regarding Bangladesh seeking information on the deposits of Bangladeshi money in Swiss banks was wrong.

A report has been submitted to the High Court on Saturday in this regard, reports Bangla Tribune.

According to the report, even though the Swiss embassy did not apologize to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, they have admitted that the statement was wrong.

Earlier on August 10, at the “DCAB Talk” organized by the Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Bangladesh (DCAB) at the National Press Club, Switzerland's ambassador to Dhaka, Nathalie Chuard, said that the Bangladesh government did not ask for information about the money deposited in the Swiss bank for any specific person. 

“Switzerland continues operations to correct Swiss bank errors. But I want to tell you that Switzerland is not a safe place to keep black money,” she added.

After taking notice of the matter on August 11, the High Court asked the state party and the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to inform why the information of the depositors in the Swiss bank was not requested. 

Later, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen alleged that the Swiss ambassador had lied. 

Bangladesh Bank sought information from Swiss banks mentioning the names of 67 individuals, Foreign Minister AK Abdul said on August 12.

"At that time they provided information on one individual. However, information was sought several times," Momen said.

The foreign minister said Switzerland is Bangladesh’s friend and urged it not to provide misinformation.

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