Golam Mostafa Jibon: Despite several efforts, the trend of money laundering to abroad behind the international businesses is increasing day by day deceiving the eyes of authorities concerned that poses threat to the country’s economic security.
Meanwhile, over 150 incidents of money siphoning to abroad through illegal means have been identified by different respective agencies of the government, while 200 more incidents are now under scanner.
Experts said, country’s economy and its security may be threatened, if the money laundering is not stopped. The government should take proper policy right now to stop the malpractice.
Abu Hena Mohammad Razi Hasan, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU) said, “The security risk of the country will be increased continuously, if the money laundering is not prevented with strong handed. To resist money laundering, concerned law enforcers should beef up their surveillance so that country’s money is not siphoned to other countries throughout illegal means.”
“If local money is used properly in different development works in the country, it will open the door of industrialization. Many people, especially youths will get employment facilities, while the unemployment problems will be removed,” he added.
The Working Committee formed with the aim to prevent money laundering and terror financing activities has very recently identified 150 incidents for suspicious transactions. Of them, 128 incidents are significant. Besides, the committee has beefed up its surveillance to keep under watching 200 more incidents. Meanwhile, the committee has lodged around 30 cases on this regard, which are now under investigation.
According to CID sources, the proportion of money laundering cases has been increased compared to the previous time. CID is also investigating a good number of cases. The people, who earn large amount of money in different illegal means especially by running terrorism, extortion, drug and illegal arms trading, are mainly involved with money siphoning to abroad. CID is now investigating around 24 categories of crimes, which were main sources behind the money laundering.
Md Asadul Islam, Senior Secretary of Finance Ministry said, “The government is going to take big shape of step to prevent money laundering. Meanwhile, various directives have been given to the concerned law enforcement agencies to take drastic action against the money launderers.”
He further said, “At least 33 reports produced by different agencies of the government over the issue have already been sent to the BFIU and Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for further investigations.”
Detective sources said, money laundering is going on under the banner of different international trades. Some influential are running such illegal activities. Besides, several anti-social activities including bribery, casino, human trafficking, drug and arms trading are also main sources of illegal money earning and money siphoning.
Masudur Rahman, DC (media) of DMP said, “Money laundering may breach the back bone of a nation’s economy. Feeling the matter, we are trying to find out its sources first. Then, we are taking several steps to root out the practices in order to protect our economy and ensure security.”
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