FBI confirms BB reserve money stolen under state’s auspices: BNP

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Bangladesh Nationalist Party claims US intelligence agency FBI has ensured that Bangladesh Bank’s 81 million dollar money reserved in New York Ferderal Bank was stolen under the ‘auspices of state’.

At a news briefing at the party’s central office in the city, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Saturday said the FBI recent report had exposed the ‘government’s mask’.

He said the Federal Bureau of Investigation also informed that names of those involved in the ‘world’s biggest’ reserve money theft were on the final stage for making public.

Rizvi said what BNP had complained about the stealing of Bangladesh Bank’s reserve money became truth.

He said it had been cleared from the FBI report why the finance minister had held up the probe report of the robbery of reserve money of the central bank for number of years.

Rizvi said the ruling Awami League did not make any development except ‘stealing’ money of common people.

The BNP leader alleged that the government had no power to take action against a ‘powerful’ person of the Bangladesh Bank saying who remained behind the bank’s reserve theft.

The Bangladesh Bank’s reserve money was stolen in early 2016.

The senior joint secretary general said the statement of Solidarity Group for Bangladesh published on March 22 projected the scenario of human rights situation in Bangladesh, asking to recognise enforced disappearance as criminal offence, asking government to stop mass arrest of opposition leaders and activists and torture on them.

Solidarity Group for Bangladesh comprised of some rights organisations including Asian Federation against Involuntary Disappearance, Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development, Asian Legal Resource Center and Odhikar.

Rizvi claimed that extent of terrible in reality is much more the terrible on human rights situation of Bangladesh projected by the rights organisations.

He said the way BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s bail kept stayed at the directive of the ‘government’ is extreme violation of human rights.

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