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US imposes sanction on former army chief not under visa policy: Quader

Published : Tuesday, 21 May, 2024 at 8:04 PM  Count : 373

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader speaks at a press conference at the political office of the Awami League president in Dhanmondi on Tuesday, May 21, 2024.

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader speaks at a press conference at the political office of the Awami League president in Dhanmondi on Tuesday, May 21, 2024.


The sanction imposed by the United States on former army chief General (retd) Aziz and his family members is not applied under the visa policy, rather it is under the Appropriation Act, said Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader.

He made the remark while addressing a press conference at Awami League president's political office at Dhanmondi in Dhaka on Tuesday afternoon.
Obaidul Quader said: "As our foreign ministry has already said, the Bangladesh mission has been informed about General Aziz. The action taken against General Aziz is not under the visa policy, it is under the Appropriation Act. There is an appropriation law which has been applied. I won't say anything more about it. Our foreign minister also spoke about it. That's all we know."

Earlier, the US State Department announced the public designation of General (retd) Aziz Ahmed due to his involvement in 'significant corruption,' rendering him and his immediate family members ineligible for entry into the United States.

His actions had contributed to the undermining of Bangladesh's democratic institutions and the public's faith in public institutions and processes, the State Department said in a press statement on Monday.

"Aziz Ahmed engaged in significant corruption by interfering in public processes while helping his brother evade accountability for criminal activity in Bangladesh."  

"Aziz also worked closely with his brother to ensure the improper awarding of military contracts and accepted bribes in exchange for government appointments for his personal benefit."

The State Department said this designation reaffirmed Washington's commitment to strengthening democratic institutions and the rule of law in Bangladesh.  

It added the United States supported anti-corruption efforts in Bangladesh through assistance to make government services more transparent and affordable, improve the business and regulatory environment, and build capacity in investigating and prosecuting money laundering and other financial crimes.

It noted that these public designations were made under Section 7031(c) of the annual Department of State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations Act. "This action renders Aziz and his immediate family members generally ineligible for entry into the United States."

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