6 May 2017, Sat, 12:19

The government is silent about identifying and punishing the money launderers

Professor Mujib expresses concern as unprecedented amount of money smuggled under current regime

Nayeb-e-Ameer of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami and former member of the Parliament Professor Mujibur Rahman has issued the following statement on 6th May, 2017 expressing deep concern at the recent news of smuggling of huge amount of money from Bangladesh to different foreign nations every year.

“The countrymen are deeply concerned as the news of smuggling of huge amount of money from Bangladesh to different foreign nations has come out in recent times.

The news, published in the mass media revealed that, under the current regime, around 77 thousand crore taka was smuggled in 2013, around 73 thousand crore taka laundered in 2014 and thus just in 10 years around 6 lac crore taka has been smuggled from Bangladesh to foreign countries. The quarters who are smuggling money are the well wisher of the country. The peoples who have earned huge amount of black money, remaining in the office, they are laundering and smuggling this money by different means. But it is pathetic that, none of the money launderers have been identified or tried so far. Why the government is silent about these money smugglers? The countrymen want to know that why the government is not taking effective steps to identify and prosecute the money launderers or why even they are not interested to bring those laundered money back?

There is an entity in the country namely ‘Bangladesh Anti-Corruption Commission. Their main task is to resist corruption and to prosecute the corrupted personnel. It is the prime responsibility of government’s anti-corruption commission to identify and also to ensure exemplary punishment of those corrupted personnel, who are turning this country into a bottomless basket by laundering huge amount of money.

So for the sake of the national interest, I am asking the concerned authorities to undertake effective measures to find out the money launderers, to punish them and also to bring the stolen and laundered money back into the country back.”