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Switzerland commits to join India in its fight against black money



By NewsGram Staff Writer

Swiss Economic Affairs Minister, Johann N. Schneider Ammann, said on Friday that Switzerland is always in support of India’s fight against black money.

The minister said that the issues of black money will be discussed in the second session of the parliament.

“Switzerland has decided to follow international standards, including those framed by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), in sharing information and providing assistance to foreign countries probing such cases, but we have to ask our Parliament to make changes in our laws,” he said at a select media briefing.

Ammann is on a three-day tour to India and is scheduled to meet India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to discuss the issue.

To consider providing “administrative assistance” to foreign countries, which would include India, in such cases, a proposal would be moved in the Swiss Parliament in the second half of this year, said Ammann in New Delhi on Friday.

On a question regarding black money law, Ammann said that it is too early to talk about that as the procedures and the law itself first need to be understood.

However, Ammann assured that the Swiss Government will provide every assistance to India and both the governments will work together to bring back black money to India.

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Khaleda Zia granted bail in 2008 corruption case

Khaleda is a two-time Bangladesh Prime Minister, having ruled from 1991-96 and again from 2001-06

Khaleeda Zia granted 64 months bail. IANS

Bangladesh Nationalist Party Chairperson Khaleda Zia, convicted in a corruption case, was granted bail on Monday.

BNP leader Zia secured a four-month bail in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case in which she was handed five years of imprisonment by a Bangladesh court.

“Now, there is no legal bar to let Khaleda walk out of prison on bail,” Bangladesh Daily Star quoted BNP Advocate Sagir Hossain Leon as saying.

Earlier today, a bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Shahidul Karim passed the bail order in response to a petition moved by Khaleda before a high court back in February.

Her bail was considered on four grounds, including her health condition.

Further, the high court directed the concerned authority to prepare the paper book of the case within the next four months for hearing the appeal she filed against her conviction in the case.

The high court sentenced Zia’s eldest son and Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s (BNP) Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman and four others for at least 10 years with a fine of 2.10 crore Bangladeshi takas (Tk).

The Anti-Corruption Commission had earlier filed a case in 2008 with Ramna Police Station, accusing six persons including Khaleda and her son Tarique.

Khaleda is a two-time Bangladesh Prime Minister, having ruled from 1991-96 and again from 2001-06.

In a political career spanning almost four decades, Khaleda went to the jail several times but was never convicted. She was detained several times during the anti-Ershad movement between the 1980s and 1990s.

In March 1983, she was made vice-chairperson of BNP after her husband and former Bangladesh President Ziaur was assassinated.

She went on to become the party’s chairperson in 1984, a position which she holds today. May 10, 1984.

Since the last three decades, Bangladeshi politics have been dominated by Zia and current Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

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