Taskforce meeting to recover laundered money

A meeting of a high-powered special task force of the government has been held to recover money laundered abroad. The meeting was held at the Attorney General’s office on Thursday (July 4) afternoon.

It was attended by representatives of 14 organizations including Prime Minister’s Office, Central Bank, ACC, CID, National Board of Revenue (NBR), BFIU and law enforcement agencies. It was presided over by Attorney General Abu Mohammad (AM) Amin Uddin. He is the convener of the task force.

When asked about the decision of the meeting, Attorney General AM Amin Uddin said, I was present at the meeting, but I cannot say anything about the discussion. BFIU can give details about this.

An official who was present at the meeting said that there was no discussion about the money laundering of any specific person. In the meeting, there was a detailed discussion to return money smuggled abroad.

Those concerned say that the task force meeting has been held at a time when a special anti-corruption operation is underway in the country. In the meantime, specific information about money laundering against several government officials including the former IG of Police Benazir Ahmed has surfaced in various media. In addition, the investigation of the ACC has also found information about their huge wealth.

Earlier, the letter signed by Bangladesh Bank Joint Director Khandaker Asif Rabbani said that the task force was reconstituted in the notification of Financial Institutions Department of the Ministry of Finance on January 15, 2023 regarding the return of smuggled assets abroad to Bangladesh.