Bangladesh diplomat withdrawn from Indonesia mission

Probe panel to investigate allegations levelled against her

A Bangladeshi diplomat has been withdrawn from her post at the Bangladesh Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia. 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General (Administration) DM Salah Uddin Mahmud confirmed the withdrawal of Deputy Chief of Mission Kazi Anarkoly on Tuesday.

She had been brought back to Bangladesh, Mahmud told Dhaka Tribune.

When asked about the reason, he said: “We got a complaint against her about marijuana possession and indiscipline while she was in Indonesia, but it has not been proven yet.”

Mahmud added that a probe committee would investigate the matter, and assured that necessary actions would be taken. 

Sources at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told Bangla Tribune that the drug regulatory agency of Indonesia conducted a raid on Kazi Anarkoly’s residence in South Jakarta last month.

The ministry is going to take departmental action against her as law enforcement found cannabis at her residence, reports Bangla Tribune.

Kazi Anarkoly was not arrested as she is granted immunity under the Vienna Convention. 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs later issued an order to bring her back to Bangladesh.

Earlier, the authorities transferred Kazi Anarkoly from the US mission of Bangladesh to the one in Indonesia over allegations of violence against house helps.