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24 October, 2017 12:52:15 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 24 October, 2017 02:13:29 AM

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Yunus laundered $100m to Norway: Joy

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Yunus laundered $100m to Norway: Joy

Sajeeb Wazed Joy, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s only son, yesterday alleged that Nobel laureate and Grameen Bank founder Dr Md. Yunus siphoned off $100 million to Norway.  A documentary maker claimed in 2009 that Dr Yunus and his associates diverted nearly $100m of grant money to another company - Grameen Kalyan - which was not involved in micro-credit operations.

“The Norwegian government later issued a letter saying a portion of the money has been returned to Bangladesh. We came to know that $30 million of the alleged amount was returned. Note that the Norwegian government did not say that there was no embezzlement,” Joy said. Joy, also the prime minister's information and technology affairs advisor, further alleged that Dr Yunus was directly involved in the conspiracy to halt the construction of the Padma bridge.

He was addressing a seminar titled “Truth and Falsehood in Politics and Experience of Padma Bridge “ organised by Sucinata Foundation at a hotel in the capital.  

We have been informed from the highest level of World Bank that Dr Yunus requested then US secretary of state Hilary Clinton to save him and to act against Bangladesh on the Padma bridge issue, Joy claimed.

“He wanted to buy power with money, but when his attempt failed, he tried to conspire against the country,” Joy said.

“We (Awami League) did not act in the way that Yunus did. He wanted to buy power with money but without love, power doesn’t come,” Joy stated.

Joy was very critical of Yunus regarding his role towards the country and said he (Yunus) never says anything good about the country.

Joy also claimed that he was ‘threatened by the American government’ that his ‘tax files will be audited’.

The premier’s advisor also criticised the civil society saying ‘they operate only through seminars and NGOs with the funding of foreigners’.

Patriotism is a quality that they do not have and all they could do is to pull the country down from the path of development, Joy said.

Regarding the Padma bridge, Joy said, “Everything the Awami League (AL) did is implemented through proper analysis. We (AL) have a quality and that is our merit. Through surveys and analysis we concluded that building the bridge through own funding will not have any impact on our economy.”

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