Money launderers are enemies of state: HC

Staff Correspondent

23 November, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The High Court on Sunday sought information on money launderers, terming them as “national traitors” and “enemies of the state”.

The court also issued a rule, asking the government to explain why the ineffectiveness of the government institutions concerned to prevent money laundering should not be declared illegal.

An HC bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Ahmed Sohel passed the order in a suo muto (voluntary) rule, asking intelligence agencies to take appropriate steps to stop the laundering of money.

The bench came up with the order and rule on the suo muto (voluntary) move following reports published in different newspapers about Bangladeshi nationals buying luxury residences in foreign countries with laundered money.

The court ordered the respondents to submit the details of money launderers, including names and addresses, to the court by December 17.

The Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman, secretaries concerned of the ministries of home and foreign affairs, the governor of Bangladesh Bank and its financial intelligence unit, the chairman of the Board of Revenue and the deputy commissioner of Dhaka have been made respondents to the rule.

The HC bench also issued the rule asking the respondents to explain in four weeks why their inaction to take appropriate action against the perpetrators who are involved in money laundering in violation of the law, should not be declared illegal.

The court said those who are involved in money laundering have no love for the country and its people and they have betrayed the state and its citizens.

The HC also observed that a number of businessmen, government service holders and politicians have reportedly bought luxury residences in different foreign countries, including Canada, Malaysia and Singapore, by laundering money from Bangladesh in violation of the law of the land.

Deputy Attorney General AKM Amin Uddin Manik and ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan participated in the virtual proceedings of the HC bench on the day.

Earlier on Wednesday, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen told a promgamme at Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) that they had found true the allegations of laundering money from Bangladesh to Canada.

He said most of the persons involved in money laundering are government officials. There are also politicians and businessmen.