Bangladesh to ease ban on frozen accounts of ex-PM Hasina

Bangladesh is likely to ease a ban on the frozen bank accounts of detained former Prime Minister Sheikha Hasina and her family members.

Bangladesh to ease ban on frozen accounts of ex-PM Hasina
Bangladesh is likely to ease a ban on the frozen bank accounts of detained former Prime Minister Sheikha Hasina and her family members.

"The government would consider any specific need to be shown by any member of Hasina's family for withdrawing money from the frozen accounts," Bangladesh's leading English daily 'Daily Star' reported Monday quoting Finance Adviser of the interim administration Mirza Azizul Islam.

Last week Bangladesh National Board of Revenue (NBR) directed all commercial banks in the country to freeze the bank accounts of ex-Prime Minister and Awami League chief Hasina and her five family members including her husband and expatriate sister.

Hasina's lawyer had criticised the government order and claimed that it would affect the treatment of Dr M Wazed Miah, husband of Sheikh Hasina, the Daily Star said.

Meanwhile, NBR chairman Badiur Rahman was quoted as saying by Bangladesh's leading Bengali daily -- Prothom Alo today that the ex-PM and her family members could withdraw money every month for routine expenses from their respective accounts.

In case of any emergency, they could even withdraw extra amounts with approval of the director general of the NBR's Central Intelligence Unit, Rahman told Prothom Alo. Bangladesh's Anti-Corruption Commission had earlier asked Hasina and another former PM Khaleda Zia to submit their wealth statements by this week.

Agencies
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