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Cyber heist: BB to file case in US court this month, says minister

Rtv online report
|  20 Jan 2019, 00:00 | Update : 20 Jan 2019, 18:11
Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said that case will be filed in the court of New York, USA in connection with the incident of Bangladesh Bank (BB) reserve cyber heist.

He said this to the newsmen while replying questions after holding meeting with concerned including BB Governor Fazle Kabir at the secretariat on Sunday.

The Finance Minister said, we have taken preparation for filing case. Case will be filed within this month. There is a lawyer to supervise the case in Bangladesh. As like there is a lawyer in USA. They will fix the time jointly and file the case.

But against whom the case will be filed, no final decision is taken yet in this regard.

He said, the lawyers of the two countries will fix the number of accused and the number of complainant.

According to the regulations of the international court the case has to be filed by February 3, otherwise complexity will rise.

In this regard the Finance Minister said, I can assure you that the case will be filed within the stipulated time.

By this time the investigation report was submitted but not published. Whether the report will be published or not- when asked about this the minister said, we will publish the report if needed otherwise will not.

On March 4, last year the then Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith said that criminal case will be filed in US court against Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) of Philippines.

Mentionable, in the first week of February 2016 the incident of Bangladesh Bank’s 10 crore 10 lakh US dollars cyber heist took place from the account of Federal Reserve Bank of New York (New York Fed). Of the amount 8 crore 10 lakh dollars was sent to four accounts of RCBC and the rest 2 crore dollars was sent to Sri Lanka. Bangladesh government managed to return 1 crore 52 lakh dollars from Philippines. One Rizal Bank official was fined and jailed over the incident.


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