DHAKA: Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has begun taking initiatives to bring back the laundered money of 60 influential persons, including politicians, government officials and businesspersons in the country.
Inquiry and Investigation Division of the ACC on Thursday confirmed the matter to banglanews about their attempt to recovering around Tk 1,000 crore.
BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman, his friend Mamun, BNP Standing Committee Member Barrister Moudud Ahmed, BNP leader Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain and his son and wife, former Foreign State Minister for Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan and his son, BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed, were the prime accused, among others.
Jamaat leader Mir Kashem Ali, and former State Minister for Home Lutfuzzman Babor were included in the list.
The ACC approached to bring back the laundered money following a report by a research organization, Global Financier Instigator (GFI), was published recently saying a huge amount of money was laundered from Bangladesh.
Washington based research organization GFI said that an amount of Tk 110,000 crore was laundered in last 10 years from the country.
GFI published the report in the current week which said the laundered money was transferred through corruption and illegal way.
Legal wing of the ACC told this correspondent that they have already sent Mutual Legal Understanding Request (MLUR) under anti-corruption convention of the United Nations to different countries seeking information of the laundered money.
ACC Lawyer Anisul Haque told banglanews that legal procedures are going on to bring back the laundered money.
He mentioned that the step began through bringing back the laundered money of Arafat Rahman Koko, younger son of BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia.
“ACC will take measures to bring all the laundered money back,” he added.
Some 50 cases were filed against the culprits in the connection of laundering money since the tenure of last caretaker government.
ACC sources said they will lodge some new cases in this connection soon.
Sources said the money was mostly laundered to Canada, Malayashaia, Singapore, China, Japan, Zarmani, Arab Amirat, among others.
The ACC has completed investigation of around 50 allegations in last 6 years while 15 cases are under process, ACC insiders said.
BDST: 1945 HRS, DEC 20, 2012
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