“Those who smuggled money to Swiss Bank are in govt, belong to ruling party”
Different political parties including the main opposition in parliament today came down heavily on the government's inaction in knowing the names of money launderers hiding their wealth in the Swiss Bank.
They raised the question why the government does not want to reveal the names of those laundered money in the Swiss Bank.
Addressing a programme in the capital, Jatiya Party chairman and opposition leader GM Quader said that last year around Tk 4 lakh crores was deposited to Swiss Bank from Bangladesh.
"A lot of money has been smuggled to America, Canada, Thailand, Singapore, and other countries," he said.
Blasting the government, GM Quader said, Swiss Bank is ready to give information to the government if the latter wants to know about the depositor in the Swiss Bank.
"But the Bangladesh government is not asking for the information. Because, those who have smuggled money are in government and belong to the ruling party. The government is not publishing the list of money launderers so that they are not identified," he also said.
Former MP Golam Rabbani joined the Jatiya Party by handing flowers to GM Quader at the programme.
"Gonotantro Mancha", a newly floated alliance of seven political parties yesterday at a rally in front of the Jatiya Press Club raised the question why the government does not want to reveal the names of those laundered money in the Swiss Bank.
Leaders of Gonotantro Mancha strongly criticized the government's stance on money launderers in Swiss banks.
Component in the Gonotantro Mancha are Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD), Nagorik Oikya, Biplobi Workers Party, Ganosamhati Andolon, Gano Odhikar Parishad, Bhasani Anusari Parishad, and Rashtra Sangskar Andolan.
Mahmudur Rahman Manna, convenor of Nagorik Oikya, who presided over the rally, said, "If a country's money is smuggled illegally and if that country writes a letter to the Swiss National Bank, they will give the information about who has smuggled the money and how much money they have smuggled."
Manna said, in the past few years, the government has not asked for this list. Because, the real truth will come out that many Awami League leaders have laundered money.
Islami Andolon Bangladesh at a programme at its central office at city's Paltan blasted the government for not inaction regarding knowing the names of money launderers in the Swiss Bank.