High Court wants list of ‘corrupt’ dual citizens

M Moneruzzaman | Published: 12:38, Dec 21,2020 | Updated: 23:41, Dec 21,2020


The High Court on Monday asked the immigration authorities to submit to it by February 28 a list of Bangladeshi nationals who hold dual citizenships and dual passports and have made frequent foreign trips.

The court asked the special superintendent (Immigration) of the Special Branch to prepare the list of those dual passport holders who have built or bought houses abroad through corruption and money laundering.

The immigration official will have to prepare the list on the basis of records kept by the immigration department on the departures and arrivals through Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital, Shah Amanat International Airport in Chattogram and MAG Osmani International Airport in Sylhet.

The online vacation bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Ahmed Sohel issued the directive suo motu.

The court also asked the superintendent to provide  necessary information about the money launderers and their corruption.  

The court issued the directive to the superintendent after adding him on Monday to the original 10 respondents for the ruling it issued suo motu on November 22 asking for details about the people who laundered money abroad, including to Canada, the USA and Australia.

Anti Corruption Commission lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan attending the hearing hailed the directive.

Khurshid said that the High Court sought the list of those passengers who have frequently visited foreign countries and returned to Bangladesh for a proper settlement of the ruling.

He said that the list of the passengers would help the Bangladeshi agencies now inquiring into the allegation of money laundering by government servants, politicians and businessmen.             

The court, for the preparation of the list, made the special branch police super responsible for the information on the departures and arrivals through Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport and the immigration police officials concerned for the Sylhet and Chattogram international airports.

Deputy attorney general Amin Uddin Manik who represented the state also hailed the directive.

The same HC bench on December 17 granted the government and the ACC fresh time until February 28 for submitting detailed reports on those involved in siphoning money abroad, including to Canada, the USA and Australia.

The court rebuked the ACC after it had submitted a report with a list of 47 money laundering cases in which it submitted charge sheets and 88 other money laundering cases which were under investigation.

The foreign ministry in a report to the court on December 14 said that the Bangladesh mission in Canada had been instructed to urgently furnish the requisite information on the names and addresses of the persons who were alleged to have siphoned money to Canada.

The foreign ministry told the court that it came to know about the names and addresses of 28 people, mostly government officials, who laundered money to Canada and the ministry later requested the Bangladesh mission in Canada to verify the information.

On November 18, replying to a question from a reporter about the siphoning of money to foreign countries, including Canada, foreign minister AK Abdul Momen said that there were 28 money laundering cases filed.

The High Court on November 22 asked for details about the people after taking into account the foreign minister’s remarks published in the press on November 19.

The attorney general on December 17 told the court during a hearing that the government could not submit to it lists of money launderers obtaind unofficially.

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