Lack of access to info a major obstacle to catching launderers

Says ACC chairman

Staff Correspondent

16 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman Mohammad Moinuddin Abdullah said lack of access to information necessary has posed a serious obstacle to bringing money launderers to book.

“Money launderers cannot be caught due to lack of specific information. The commission is not getting information despite sending letters to departments concerned and different countries seeking information relating to money laundering.

“The commission, however, isn’t sitting idol. The money launderers at home and abroad must be identified and brought to justice,” said the ACC chief

He came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after a views-exchange meeting with the executive committee members of ‘Reporters against Corruption (RAC)’ at the commission’s headquarters in the capital’s Segunbagicha.

The ACC Chairman said when they seek information about a person from foreign countries, they ask if there are any cases filed against him.

“If there is a case, they will provide information. But we need the information to file a case. There are lots of problems. We will devise plans to rise to the challenge.”

He said they are sometimes given instruction to collect information internationally, but they don’t get necessary cooperation from every country.

“However, we are in contact with Bangladesh Bank and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Based on their information, we are communicating with foreign countries to collect information about the money laundering,” he said.

Seeking cooperation from all to combat corruption, the newly appointed ACC chairman said they will adopt a policy of zero tolerance for corruption.

ACC Commissioner Md Jahurul Haque, Secretary M Anwar Hossain Hawlader, RAC President Mohiuddin Ahmed and General Secretary Ahammed Foyez spoke, among others, at the meeting.