Published:  02:41 AM, 18 January 2022

'Have documents about the money BNP-Jamaat paid to US lobby firms'

'Have documents about the money BNP-Jamaat paid to US lobby firms'

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam on Monday said that he has proof and is aware of how much BNP-Jamaat paid to US lobby firms over the last five years. He was speaking on the thanksgiving motion on President M Abdul Hamid's speech at the Jatiya Sangsad on Monday.

Shahriar said the first document he got was on hiring a lobbyist -- Akin Company Associates -- in the United States in 2015. BNP signed the agreement using its Nayapaltan office address which was valid for three years and US$ 50,000 was given per month, he said, adding that a total of nearly two million dollars were paid to the associates.

The junior minister said he has 10 such documents in this regard, and showed some documents in the parliament.Mentioning that each political party submits its accounts on expenditure and income to the Election Commission (EC), he said BNP should be asked whether the money it paid to lobbyists was given with Bangladesh Bank's approval.

"If the money was not paid with Bangladesh Bank's approval, we want an investigation whether BNP laundered the money of orphans abroad to pay for lobbying," he said and added, "I want to know the answer from the EC.Shahriar Alam said no country in the world can determine the future of Bangladesh. The 16 crore people of Bangladesh will determine the future of the country, he added.

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