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613 bank accounts of MP Papul, family members frozen

24 Dec 2020 11:17, Somoy English Desk
613 bank accounts of MP Papul, family members frozen
613 bank accounts of MP Papul, family members frozen

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has sent a letter to Bangladesh Bank for freezing 613 bank accounts of MP Mohammad Shahid Islam Papul, his wife and two others in connection with a graft case.

The letter signed by its Deputy Director Md Salauddin was sent to the central bank on Wednesday following court’s permission.

In the letter, the national anti-graft body requested Bangladesh Bank to ask managing directors of eight banks to prevent money being spent from the accounts of MP Papul, his wife Salina Islam, MP, sister-in law Jesmin Prodhan and daughter Wafa Islam.

On November 11, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case against Papul, his wife Salina, their daughter Wafa and Papul’s sister-in-law Jesmin Akter Prodhan on charge of laundering around Tk 148 crore.

Salina and Jesmin were interrogated by the ACC on July 22 last as part of investigation against the Bangladeshi MP who was arrested in Kuwait over human trafficking, money laundering, visa trading and bribery charges.

Papul was arrested in Kuwait on June 6.

Kuwaiti authorities froze his bank accounts and companies to ensure that the money is not moved around beyond the jurisdiction of Kuwaiti courts.

The MP is the managing director and CEO of Marafie Kuwaitia Group, a security and labour contracting company. In addition, he has three other companies in Kuwait, all of which are cleaning and contracting companies.

He has an annual net profit of around two million Kuwaiti dinars after all the bribes and money he spent on gifts in exchange for facilitating transactions and paperwork to bring in workers from Bangladesh. 

There are 350,000 Bangladeshis residing in Kuwait, according to the Embassy of Bangladesh.

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