Int'l media come up with Khaleda's money laundering issue
Published : Thursday, 30 November, 2017 at 6:49 PM Count : 4971
Now the issue of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's money laundering has surfaced in the international media at a time when she is facing corruption charges in the country.
Saudi Arabia's Anti Corruption Committee has brought allegations against some foreign nationals including Khaleda Zia and her late younger son Arafat Rahman Koko for siphoning off money.
Quoting Arab-based television channel Global Intelligence Network (GIN), Canadian Channel The National recently broadcast the news on their assets abroad.
Apart from 19 detained Saudi officials and businessmen, names of five foreign nationals including three former and incumbent heads of government came in the report.
The three are former Bangladesh prime Minister and BNP chief Khaleda Zia, former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif and Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri.
The Saudi government has already announced to confiscate the money of the detained Saudi officials and businessmen.
The committee has asked the banks and financial institutions concerned to provide all information regarding the overall money transaction of three foreign heads of state.
According to a source in the committee, the alleged heads of government have indulged in corruption like money laundering through bribery, extortion and siphoning off money.
Mentioning their corruption, the GIN's report said Saudi Arabia should be cooperated internationally to probe the matter.
The report also said Khaleda Zia family have assets worth about US dollar 12 billion in 12 countries.
It said Khaleda Zia owns Al Arafa Shopping Mall in Saudi Arabia and a commercial multi-storey building 'Tipra' in Qatar.
Besides, Arafat Rahman Koko was the owner of 'Iqra', a multi-storey office building in Qatar.
Denying details about the matter right now, a member of the Anti Corruption Committee said they would investigate the issue. Necessary steps would be taken after the investigation.
Earlier on September 13, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a parliament session said her government is investigating BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's offshore assets.