Bangladesh seeks UN support in recovery of siphoned money
Bangladesh has sought the UN's help in its attempt to recover and repatriate money, believed to be millions of dollars, siphoned out of the country during the regime of the previous Bangladesh Nationalist Party government.
The Daily Star reported on Sunday that a special envoy of the interim government chief Fakhruddin Ahmed on Sunday formally sought UN assistance when he called on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the world body's headquarters in New York.
Special envoy Farooq Sobhan briefed UN officials on the recent crackdown on corruption in the country and said the government would welcome the world body's support for recovery and repatriation of money transferred abroad.
Since its installation after a state of emergency was proclaimed on January 11, the military-backed government launched a drive against corruption which led to the grilling of over 60 high profile politicians and businessmen including ex-prime minister Khaleda Zia's elder son and BNP's senior joint secretary general Tarique Rahman.
Rahman, faced with several corruption and extortion charges, is believed to be one of the major money laundering suspects. He now awaits trial along with several other former BNP and Awami League ministers.
According to the report, the UN has offered technical and financial assistance in staging fair and credible polls in the country after Sobhan apprised the secretary-general of various reform measures adopted by the caretaker government in its bid to hold the elections before the end of 2008.