Thursday, February 24, 2005

FBI office to be opened in Bangladesh [2 NEWS CLIPPING}

FBI office to be opened in Bangladesh

Washington, Feb 23 : The US will open a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) office in Bangladesh to help the country in its anti-corruption campaign and aid it in hunting down assassins of a former finance minister.

The US has agreed to open an FBI office in Bangladesh following the visit of Reaz Rahman, foreign policy adviser to Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia to Washington.

It would help Dhaka in its anti-corruption campaign and aid in hunting the assassins of former Finance Minister Shah A.M.S. Kabria who was killed in a grenade explosion on January 27, the Bangladesh Embassy's Minister, Press, Golam Arshad said here yesterday.

Among the officials Rahman met was Assistant Secretary for South Asia Christina Rocca.

"The United States," Arshad told The Washington Times, "said it was highly appreciative of Bangladesh's peacekeeping efforts, and Bangladesh acknowledged the tremendous help of the United States in helping to promote democracy."

Bangladesh denies FBI opening Dhaka office

Dhaka, Feb 24 : Bangladesh Thursday dismissed media reports that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the US had opened an office here.

Quoting a senior Bangladeshi diplomat in the US, the Washington Times had Wednesday reported the Bush administration would open an FBI office in Dhaka.
The report was reproduced by a news agency Thursday.

"I don't have any such information and the report is baseless," said Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury.

The US embassy here also denied the report.

"The two governments (Bangladesh and the US) are continuing discussions regarding the terms of reference under which the US government might be able to offer useful assistance in the investigation of the killing of former finance minister Shah A.M.S. Kibria," a US embassy statesman said.

Chowdhury said the two countries were yet to fix the terms of reference for FBI's assistance in probing Kibria's killing.

"The representatives from the ministry of home affairs and the US embassy in Dhaka had another meeting today (Thursday), but they were yet to come to a conclusion," he said.

The Bangladesh government had earlier requested the US government for FBI assistance in investigating the Jan 27 grenade attack on an opposition rally that killed former minister Kibria.

The US government then insisted on fixing terms of reference for the FBI's help.