Chief engineer of Bangladesh Department of Shipping arrested for corruption

Akm Fakhrul Islam, chief engineer of Bangladesh Department of Shipping, has been arrested for taking bribes after a raid by the country’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

Fakhrul was arrested while he was taking bribes from an employee of Bengal Marine and Engineering Services for approving a ship design.

According to ACC Deputy Director Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, Bengal Marine and Engineering Services applied to the shipping department for clearance of design of 22 ships between 2012 and 2017, and Fakhrul demanded from Tk 500,000 ($6,426) to Tk 1.6m ($20,565) for each of the designs depending on the size of the ships.

Fakhrul has been taken the local police station for further investigations.

Jason Jiang

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  1. It’s what makes the world go round. Its everyone and everywhere. Sorry, don’t mean to sound so pessimistic, I’m not. But here in the US it isn’t much different. Look at what happened in the Singapore case involving US Navy Pentagon officers and private contractors. the infamous “Fat Leonard” case.

    Our politicians here in the US are some of the most corrupt people on the face of this planet. BOTH parties. Their corruption, however, takes the form of free flowing and reported campaign contributions in cold hard cash. Reaching maximum limits, within prescribed time frames, and unending every election cycle, businesses and individuals buy votes and thus, persuade public policy. Its all easily done and well known. We just call it something else other than ‘corruption’.

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