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TIB officials should publish their wealth statements: Joy
Online Desk |:| Thu, 14 Apr'2016, 12:28 AM |:| Online Version
Prime Minister’s ICT Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy has opined that the officials of the Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) should voluntarily disclose their wealth statements.
In his facebook page, Joy wrote “How do we know that the members of Transparency International Bangladesh are not corrupt, that they do not have hidden wealth and have paid all their taxes?.”
Mentioning about the resignation of the president of TI Chile, Joy wrote, “One issue I would like to raise is the recent resignation of the chief of Transparency International Chile. He was named in the Panama Papers as having hidden wealth overseas.”
Gonzalo Delaveau, the former president of TI Chile, was among tens of thousands of people, including state heads and other heavyweights, named in a leak of four decades’ worth of documents from Mossack Fonseca.
“Then my question is, how clean is Transparency International and how do they have the right to call others corrupt? After all, in our country all Members of Parliament and Ministers are required to provide their wealth statements. Transparency International Bangladesh does not, yet they claim to be the watchdog on corruption,” Joy added.
“If they have the courage, then they should voluntarily provide their wealth statements before they make any statements on corruption by others.”
Urging to implement a new law to clarify these issues, Joy said “I doubt they will have the courage, so maybe it should be a law. Anyone who wants to be a watchdog on corruption is required to provide their wealth statements to the Anti-Corruption Commission, just as MPs are required to do.
“Let’s demand that Transparency International Bangladesh show their wealth statements to prove they are not corrupt like their counterparts in Chile,” he added.