Bangladesh authorities publishing list of corruption suspects

[JURIST] Authorities in Bangladesh [JURIST news archive] plan to publish a list of several hundred people who are suspected of graft, following the Sunday arrests of 50 high-profile suspects, according to a government official. Delowar Hossain, secretary of the Anti-Corruption Commission [LCG backgrounder; BBC report], said the list will include former ministers of the Bangladesh government, politicians, businessmen, and bureaucrats. The 50 individuals arrested over the weekend were detained because their incomes did not match their current wealth value, and they were ordered to come forward with their financial records within 72 hours or have their finances temporarily confiscated.

Earlier this month, eight former Bangladeshi ministers were accused of corruption [JURIST report] and 13 other former ministers and senior politicians were arrested in raids on their homes [JURIST report]. Bangladeshi President Iajuddin Ahmed [Wikipedia profile] declared a state of emergency [JURIST report] in the country on January 11 and later cancelled a review of disputed results from the most recent election. The interim military-backed government has promised to hold new elections, but no date has yet been set. AFP has more.



 

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