13,931 Bangladeshis with dual citizenships: police

10,773 USA citizens

M Moneruzzaman | Published: 00:44, Apr 01,2021

 
 

The immigration police on Wednesday submitted a list of 13,931 Bangladeshi nationals holding dual citizenships of 100 countries, to the office of the attorney general.

Out of the 13,931 Bangladeshis, 10,773 of them are Americans, 617 Indians, 568 British, 388 Canadians, 185 Australians, 176 Chinese, 120 Pakistanis, 117 Italians, 65 Japanese, 76 Malaysians, 22 Nepalese, 57 Sri Lankans, 25 Thailand citizens, 52 Swedish and 22 Swiss citizens, according to the report.   

Deputy attorney general AKM Amin Uddin Manik told New Age that the list would be submitted today to the High Court bench of judges Nazrul Islam Talukder and SM Mozibur Rahman for hearing.

The police submitted the list to comply with a fresh directive issued by the High Court on December 21, 2020 as the government and the Anti-Corruption Commission failed to submit the details of people, who laundered money abroad, including to Canada, the USA and Australia, and built and brought houses abroad through corruption and money laundering.

The High Court on November 22, 2020 issued a suo motu ruling asking the government and the ACC to submit details of money launders after taking into account the foreign ministers’ remarks published in all daily newspapers on November 19, 2020.

On November 18, 2020 replying to a question from a reporter at a discussion at the Dhaka Reporters’ Unity about the syphoning of money to foreign countries, including Canada, the foreign minister AK Abdul Momen said that there were 28 money laundering cases in this connection.

The attorney general told the court during the December 17 hearing that the government could not submit the list of money launderers obtained unofficially.

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