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HC asks why govt never sought info of Bangladeshis from Swiss Bank

Update : 11 Aug 2022, 13:42

The High Court wanted to know why the Bangladesh government did not ask for any information about money deposited in various Swiss banks.

They have been asked to provide an explanation by August 14. 

The HC said that the judges had read the statements of the Swiss ambassador in various media. Copies of the published news are requested to be submitted to get a clear idea about the matter.

The court heard the statements of the ACC and the state. An order will be issued in this regard next Sunday.

The bench of Justice Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Khizir Ahmed Choudhury gave the suo motto order on Thursday.

Ambassador of Switzerland to Bangladesh Nathalie Chuard said on Wednesday that Bangladesh did not seek any information regarding the wealth of Bangladeshis deposited in the Swiss Banks. 

"The Swiss government does not want any corruption or laundered money to be deposited in Swiss banks. Governments of the two countries can discuss the issues raised regarding Bangladeshis keeping money in Swiss banks," the ambassador said in response to a question from journalists during a discussion at the National Press Club on August 10. 

The Swiss ambassador said according to the annual report published in June 2022 by the central bank of Switzerland, Swiss National Bank (SNB), Bangladeshis have deposited money equivalent to about Tk3,000 crore in various banks of Switzerland.

The Swiss National Bank provides the information about how much money Bangladeshis have deposited every year, but it is not possible for them to say whether the money has been earned illegally or not, said the Swiss ambassador.

The media reports were brought to the court’s attention which prompted the court to give the order.


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