US and UK on Sunday sought Bangladesh's assistance in their bid to recover
around $200 million allegedly paid in kickbacks to former prime minister
Khaleda Zia's son Arafat Rahman Koko and some ministers of the last BNP-led
delegation comprising the US justice department's deputy chief Linda M Samuel,
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent Debrah Heprevotte and UK Institute
of Management consultant Ferdous Ahmed made the request for help at a meeting
with Law Minister Shafique Ahmed.
handed Shafique a list of the persons suspected of receiving the sums during
the immediate past four-party alliance rule.
in the day, after meeting the US-UK officials at his secretariat office, he
told reporters that the former prime minister's [Khaleda Zia] son Arafat Rahman
Koko and a dozen ministers and leaders of the four-party alliance are alleged
to have received $200 million in bribe for awarding work to different foreign
money is currently deposited in banks across 20 countries including Singapore,
UK and United Arab Emirates, he added.