MP’s ‘involvement in human trafficking, money laundering’ shameful: TIB

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) said that the involvement of parliament member in international crimes like human trafficking and money laundering is a disrespectful examples for the public representatives.


It also urged the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and Jatiya Shangshad to take legal steps after investigation for the sake of the parliament members, said a press release issued on Tuesday.


There is no report published in the media of both Kuwait and Bangladesh that the government, Parliament, ACC, Financial Intelligence Unity, Revenue authorities and concerned law enforcing agencies have taken the allegation with importance, TIB said.


Besides, following the report published in Kuwait media on the allegation of human trafficking issue, the Ambassador of Bangladesh to Kuwait has given a written statement terming it false, which has also been published in the media, said Iftekharuzzaman.


Referring to different media reports of Kuwait and Bangladesh against Mohammad Shahid Islam, MP of Laxmipur- 2 constituency (independent), arrested on charge of his alleged involvement in human trafficking, TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman said neither the parliament nor the Anti-Corruption Commission has taken any initiative against the MP.


“The images of the country as well as the future of the expatriates are at stake through such indifference shown by the government, which is shameful and matter of concern,” he said.


On June 7, Bangladesh Ambassador to Kuwait SM Abul Kalam told UNB that he heard the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Kuwait “detained” Shahid Islam on June 6. However, the reason behind his detention is yet to be known.


The issues of money laundering and human trafficking are surfacing amid his detention.


The Foreign Minister, however, said the lawmaker will be freed if he is not found guilty for anything.


Meanwhile, Salina Islam, MP, wife of Shahid Islam, claimed the news on her husband’s detention is wrong.


United News of Bangladesh