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Conviction rate rises to 69pc in graft cases: ACC

Staff Correspondent     20th September, 2017 01:40:27 printer

Anti-Corruption Commi-ssion (ACC) chairman Iqbal Mahmood said conviction rate in graft cases has increased to 69 percent in the last eight months of the current year.


“Once conviction rate in the graft cases filed by the ACC was only 20 percent. It rose to 54 percent in 2016 and 69 percent till August this year,” he said.


But, the ACC is not happy at all as it wants to see punishment in the cent percent cases, he said.


Mahmood made the statement while addressing a meeting with a delegation of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development at the ACC headquarters in the capital on Monday night.


He informed the delegation that the ACC is trying to bring about a positive change in inquiries and investigations and complete probes within the stipulated time to bring graft suspects to justice.


Mahmood said the German government is providing the ACC with assistance through its development agency GIZ to increase the capacity of the commission.


The ACC has already signed a memorandum of understanding with the Anti-Corruption Commission of Bhutan and is now negotiating with other international anti-corruption agencies to increase cooperation to fight corruption.


He mentioned various activities of the commission, including launching of hotline, public hearing initiative, trap technique to nab graft suspects, before the delegation team at the meeting.


Welcoming the ACC activities, head of the seven-member German delegation Dr. Angelika Stauder assured that the German government will continue its technical assistance to the ACC to help Bangladesh over prevention of corruption.


Two ACC commissioners — Dr Nasir Uddin Ahmed and AFM Aminul Islam — and its secretary Dr Shamsul Arefin, GIZ international consultant Richards Miles, JRCP project coordinator Krishna Chanda were, among others, present at the meeting.