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'Yunus, TIB should apologise for conspiracy'

13 February 2017, 6:51:49

Staff Correspondent:Hasan Mahmud, publicity affairs secretary of the ruling Awami League on Monday said, Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) and some local intellectuals should apologize for their conspiracy to put an end World Bank’s financing in the Padma bridge project.

“They should make unconditional apology,” Hasan Mahmud, AL publicity affairs secretary, came up with the formal reaction after a meeting at the party chief Sheikh Hasina’s Dhanmondi office in Dhaka.

Mahmud alleged that Yunus has sent an e-mail to a high official of US asking him not to fund the Padma bridge project.

Alongside, TIB, several local intellectuals and media personalities were busy to prove corruption in the bridge project, he added.

WB has stood aside from financing in the bridge project and Bangladesh has been affected financially due to their evil efforts, the AL leader said.

“They were engaged in hatching an anti-state conspiracy. Dignity of Bangladesh has been tarnished abroad. They will have to book for justice and the government will think about the issue,” he added.

About the BNP’s stance after a Canadian court dismissed the bribery case linked to the Padma bridge project, he said the party (BNP) does not trust in courts whether it is a local or foreign one.

In June 2012, the World Bank cancelled its $1.2 billion credit for the Padma bridge project, saying it had proof of a “corruption conspiracy” involving Bangladeshi officials, executives of a Canadian firm and some individuals.

On February 10, a Canadian court dismissed an international bribery case linked to the project at the prosecution's request.

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