High Court asks for list of Bangladeshi ‘money launderers’ with dual citizenship

The High Court on Monday asked for details of Bangladeshi nationals who have dual citizenship and passports and are also suspected of amassing wealth abroad through money laundering.

The bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Ahmed Sohel asked the Immigration Department of the Special Branch of Police to submit the list by February 28.

Advocate Khurshid Alam appeared for the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in the virtual court while Deputy Attorney General AKM Amin Uddin Manik represented the state.

On November 18, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen spoke about 28 cases of money laundering abroad.

“I thought the number of politicians would be higher. But most of the money launderers are government officials, followed by a few politicians and businessmen,” Abdul Momen said.

On November 22, the High Court issued a rule asking for the details of money launderers and the actions taken against them.

ACC chairman, home secretary, foreign secretary, Bangladesh Bank, Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit, NBR Chairman and Dhaka Deputy Commissioner were asked to respond to the rule.

On December 17, the ACC and four other agencies submitted a report on money laundering before the High Court.

Unsatisfied with the report, the court again sought a complete list of those involved in siphoning money abroad – including to Canada and the US – before February 28 next year.

Source: United News of Bangladesh