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US applauds those helping expose corruption in Bangladesh

Arshad Khan

US applauds those helping expose corruption in Bangladesh

The United States has imposed a ban on the entry of Bangladesh’s former army chief General (retd) Aziz Ahmed and his family members into the United States for alleged involvement in corruption. A statement published on the website of the US State Department after midnight on Monday local time in Bangladesh announced that Aziz Ahmed and his family members were declared ineligible to enter the United States.

Immediately after the imposition of this ban, Matthew Miller, the spokesperson of the United States Department of State, posted a message on social media X. Former Bangladeshi general Aziz Ahmed is ineligible for entry into the United States — today’s action reaffirms the United States’ commitment to working with our Bangladeshi partners to hold corrupt government officials accountable,” he wrote in X.

Miller’s post was shared by Uzra Jaya, the US Undersecretary for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights at the US State Department. In the caption added there, he wrote, “We support Bangladeshi people’s fight against corruption and transparent government process.” And we applaud those who help expose the corruption of government officials.

In a statement, Matthew Miller said, the Foreign Office has taken this action against former Chief of Army Staff General (retd) Aziz Ahmed of Bangladesh due to his significant involvement in corruption. His (General Aziz’s) actions have contributed to undermining the people’s trust and confidence in the democratic institutions and government institutions and processes of Bangladesh.

The statement said, this action reaffirms the commitment of the United States to strengthen democratic institutions and the rule of law in Bangladesh. The United States supports Bangladesh’s anti-corruption efforts by making government services more transparent and citizens more accessible, as well as developing business and regulatory systems and building capacity to investigate and prosecute money laundering and other economic crimes.

The US State Department has announced the inclusion of former Army Chief General (retd) Aziz Ahmed under Section 7031 (c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations Act. The move would make Aziz Ahmed and his family members ineligible to enter the United States.

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