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BNP’s Mintoo, family named in Paradise Papers leaks

Afrida Ahmed

BNP Advisory Council member Abdul Awal Mintoo, his wife and three sons have been named in the Paradise Papers leaks. The leak shows that Awal Mintoo, his wife Nasreen Fatema Awal, and three sons — Tabith Mohammed Awal, Tafsir Mohammed Awal and Tajwar Muhammed Awal are shareholders and hold top positions in the offshore gas drilling exploration company in Bermuda. Paradise Papers contain 13.4 million records which have been obtained from Appleby which is an offshore company in Bermuda. These documents contain financial records regarding tax havens for the rich. According to International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the offshore financial system is intertwined with the worlds of political words and private wealth that avoid taxes in countries with low tax rates and lax financial regulations. Awal Mintoo said he didn’t know anything about the matter. He will make a statement once he checks all the information. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) has published new data in the Offshore Leaks Database which connects 2500 entities to the Paradise Papers investigation. ICIJ said, the organizations in the Paradise Papers might have no connection with corruption but many people have used loopholes in the legal system. The Anti-Corrpution has promised to investigate the Bangladeshis involved in the offshore leaks but no such details have come.
Source: Daily-Sun, Daily Star and Bdnews24

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