Money Laundering

ACC hardly gets reply to letters sent abroad

Staff Correspondent

8 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is not getting reply to most of the letters sent to different countries seeking information regarding money laundering.

ACC Secretary M Anwar Hossain Hawlader came up with the remarks while talking to reporters at the commission’s headquarters in the capital’s Segunbagicha on Monday.

He said, “Letters were sent to different countries at different times seeking information of money laundering but most of the time no reply was found in this regard.”

“The problem is that Bangladesh does not have agreements with any country in this regard as they are not obliged to send the information.”

“We sought information of money laundering from many countries but got information in some times when the countries are interested,” he said  

The ACC official also said, “We have received complaints from various departments on money laundering issues but we cannot accept complaints unless the allegations are specific while all allegations of money laundering issues are not included in the ACC’s schedule.”

The anti-graft body can only investigate allegations of money laundering related to government officials and employees. At present, the conviction rate in money laundering cases filed by ACC is 100 percent, he added.