Caretaker govt sets up Truth Commn to condone corrupts on confessi

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Dhaka, May 25 (UNI) Bangladesh caretaker government today approved an ordinance to set up a Truth and Accountability Commission (TAC) to forgive corrupt people provided they make confessions and return the ill-gotten money.

The Council of Advisors headed by Chief Advisor Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed at a meeting endorsed the Voluntary Disclosure of Information Ordinance, 2008 under which a 3-member TAC will be established to deal with the corruption cases of certain categories.

The TAC's tenure will be for five months since its formation, Chief Advisor's press secretary Syed Fahim Monaem told reporters.

As per provision, a person who made money through illegal means can appear before the proposed TAC and make voluntary confession. If the TAC is satisfied it can forgive him or her on the return of the ill-gotten money.

Anybody excepting those who have been convicted for two years for corruption charge can appear before the TAC for voluntarily disclosing their illegal wealth information.

Those involved in crimes like narcotic business, killing, women and child trafficking, illegal arms and rape will not get the compassion.

Those who will be condoned by the TAC will not be eligible to contest in the parliamentary or local body elections for the next five years.

The President will appoint the TAC Chairman from retired Chief Justices or retired judges of Appellate Division of the Supreme Court.

Since assuming the office in January last year, the incumbent military backed government cracked down on corrupt politicians and businesses to clean politics.

Nearly 200 corrupt politicians, former Ministers, MP and businessmen were nabbed on corruption charges, many of them already tried and sentenced with various terms.

However, sweeping crackdown on businessmen apparently slowed down the economic activities and businesses. The TAC is aimed at revamping national economy and business activities.

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