Bangladesh to get a panel to deal with the corrupt

March 21st, 2008 - 2:28 pm ICT by admin  

Dhaka, March 21 (IANS) A “Truth and Accountability” Commission will be set up by Bangladesh’s caretaker government to enable corruption suspects to confess their crimes and avoid trial by surrendering their ill-gotten assets. The government is also reviving the National Security Council, with a view to cover not just security and military issues but also matters related to law and order, natural disasters and food security.

Law Adviser A.F. Hassan Ariff Thursday set the deadline for forming the two bodies within a month, The Daily Star reported Friday.

To be headed by the president, the security council will have representatives from all stakeholder groups involved in state affairs including the prime minister, leader of the opposition in parliament and heads of three services.

On March 9, a meeting chaired by Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed approved in principle the proposals to establish the Truth and Accountability Commission and the National Security Council.

The commission may fine people or confiscate their assets but the amount of the fine will not exceed the value of their properties.

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