Bangladesh approves truth commission for corrupt officials Devin Montgomery at 5:35 PM ET
[JURIST] Bangladesh [JURIST news archive] has approved the creation of a so-called Truth and Accountability Commission which would allow corrupt officials and businessmen guilty of corruption to avoid jail by confessing and returning money taken, officials said Monday. The commission would operate under the country's new Voluntary Disclosure of Information Ordinance for five months, and those officials who come forward would still be prohibited from running for political office or holding board positions at any public company, bank, or financial institution for five years. The commission is designed to ease the burden on the country's Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) [governing statute; JURIST news archive] which faces a huge backlog and which government officials say could take decades to prosecute all of the offenders. Plans for the establishment of a "truth commission" were first announced [JURIST report] last October as a way to instill more investor confidence in the country which has experienced a significant decrease in economic growth. AFP has more.
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