The US FBI
delegation held a meeting on Monday with the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC)
in its bid to recover $200 million allegedly paid by foreign companies to a
group of people allegedly including former prime minister Khaleda Zia's son
Arafat Rahman Koko.
Competent sources said the delegation-sought assistance from the anti-graft watchdog in this regard. According to press reports, the US government Thursday filed a forfeiture action against accounts having the alleged bribes.
Earlier, on Sunday The same delegation, comprising the US Justice Department's deputy chief Linda M. Samuel, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent Deborah Heprevotte and UK Institute of Management consultant Ferdous Ahmed met Law Minister Shafique Ahmed of sought his Government's help to recovering the money.
After the meeting with the officials, the Law Minister told reporters that, a dozen of ministers and leaders of the four-party alliance and Koko are alleged to have received US$ 200 million in bribe for awarding work to foreign companies. US Justice Department's deputy chief Linda M Samuel and FBI agent Deborah Heprevotte had also an hour-long meeting with ACC chairman Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury.