Action must if bribery charges found authentic, says home minister

Dhaka,  Wed,  20 September 2017
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Action must if bribery charges found authentic, says home minister

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Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said on Monday the government will take action after verifying the authenticity of Transparency International Bangladesh's (TIB) report over alleged bribery in giving police clearance for the issuance of a new passport, reports UNB.

"We're yet to examine whether TIB findings are authentic. We'll take action verifying these," he told reporters replying to a question after a meeting of the committee on resisting militancy at the Secretariat in the city.

The minister, however, said the government hardly finds such complaints authentic when it verifies these. "When we find these genuine, we take action, and will do so..."

TIB on Monday revealed the report of a study showing that 76.2 per cent passport seekers face irregularities and corruption, while 75.2 per cent have to bribe police for cop clearance to have a new passport.

The TIB report also recommended dropping the police verification system from the issuance of new passports.

About curbing militancy, the Home Minister said three agencies --Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Special Branch (SB) of Police and Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU) of Bangladesh Bank- placed reports at the meeting over the sources of terror financing.

He said the three agencies were asked to place a complete report over sources of terror financing within the next two months.

Asaduzzaman said Islamic Foundation and Madrasa Board were asked to be careful during printing madrasa textbooks for the next academic calendar so that no misleading information remains there.

As part of curbing militancy, the intelligence agencies were directed to keep educational institutions and social networking sites, including Facebook and Twitter, under their surveillance, he said.

Noting that Rohingyas engage in various crimes in many cases, the Home Minister said the intelligences were asked to keep watch on them, too.

When his attention was drawn to international media reports that a Bangladeshi origin man might have link to the recent terrorist attack in Spain, he said Bangladesh can keep its watch on only its people, but it cannot keep watch on those who have taken foreign citizenship, he added.

Chaired by the minister, the 7th meeting of the committee on resisting militancy was attended by the chiefs of law enforcement and intelligence agencies, and representatives of the Islamic Foundation and BFIU.
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