ACC finds ‘evidence of corruption conspiracy’

Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman Ghulam Rahman on Tuesday said they have found evidence of corruption conspiracy in the Padma bridge project.

“Attempts of bribery were made regarding the appointment of a consultant for the project,” he told journalists while leaving his office at the city’s Segunbagicha in the afternoon.

An investigation team of the ACC will submit a report in this regard on December 3, said the chairman adding that they will take legal actions after that.

He also said an external panel of the World Bank, which visited Bangladesh in October, will again arrive in Dhaka on December 2 or 3 for reviewing the progress in the investigation into the alleged corruption in the project.

The WB cancelled its $1.2 billion funding of the $2.9 billion project in June this year over corruption allegations. The lender, however, decided to revive its loan on September 21 after the Bangladesh government agreed to its terms and conditions.

A three-member external panel, assigned to assess the conduct of the ACC probe into corruption allegations in the project, visited Dhaka in the middle of October.

Luis Moreno Ocampo, former chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, headed the panel.

Source: The Daily Star

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