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The US imposes sanctions on former Bangladeshi general for corruption

Washington: The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on a former Bangladeshi general over his alleged involvement in corruption. He said his actions contributed to the undermining of the country’s democratic institutions and people’s trust in public institutions and processes.

“The U.S. Department of State today announced the public nomination of former General Aziz Ahmed, former Chief of the Bangladesh Army Staff, for his involvement in significant corruption,” said State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller.

“His actions have contributed to the undermining of Bangladesh’s democratic institutions and public confidence in public institutions and processes,” Miller said.

Aziz Ahmed was involved in significant corruption by interfering in public processes while helping his brother avoid responsibility for criminal activities in Bangladesh, he said.

Aziz also worked closely with his brother to ensure the improper award of military contracts and to accept bribes in exchange for government appointments for his personal benefit, Miller said.

“This appointment reaffirms the US commitment to strengthening democratic institutions and the rule of law in Bangladesh. The United States is supporting anti-corruption efforts in Bangladesh through assistance to make government services more transparent and affordable, improve the business and regulatory environment, and build capacity to investigate and prosecute money laundering and other financial crimes ” said Miller.

This post was last modified on May 21, 2024 8:34 AM