Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith on Saturday said cases pending in the Philippines had delayed making public of the probe report on theft of $81 million from Bangladesh Bank reserve accounts in the New York Fed in February, 2016.
Muhith made the statement while responding to a question after addressing the inaugural session of a seminar on ‘medical waste management’ held in a city hotel.
He said they would make the report public when the cases in the Philippines would progress to certain stages.
Fifteen million out of $81 million stolen has already been returned by authorities in the Philippines while the rest is said to be laundered in casinos in the Philippines.
Stating that authorities in the Philippines refused to return the remaining fund, the finance minister said, ‘It would rather be harmful instead of beneficial, if the report is published now.’
The government-appointed probe committee led by former central bank governor Mohammad Farashuddin submitted its report on March 22, 2016.
Earlier, the finance minister said in the seminar that an urgent step was needed for waste management in the Sylhet city.
He urged the citizens to be more conscious in this regard alongside the govern ment initiative.
Former caretaker government adviser Jamilur Reza Chowdhury, health department director general Ehteshamul Haque Chowdhury attended, among others, the programme with Sylhet City Corporation mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury in the chair.
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