New Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal has announced that Bangladesh Bank will file a case with a court of New York, USA over the cyber heist of the central bank’s reserve.
The Minister made the announcement while talking to journalists at the Secretariat in Dhaka on Sunday.
“A case will be filed with New York court by this month to recover the stolen money of the Bangladesh Bank,” said AHM Mustafa Kamal.
The lawyers of Bangladesh and United States will finalise the names who will be made accused in the case, he added.
The minister held the meeting with a high-powered committee comprising BB and government officials, who went to the US to decide how to proceed with filing the case against individuals or groups involved in the heist to recover the funds.
The team includes Md Ashadul Islam, secretary of the banking division, and Abu Hena Mohd Razee Hassan, chief of the Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit.
According to US laws, money-laundering cases have to be filed within three years of the crime being committed.
This means the case against the Fed would have to be filed with a New York court by this January as $81 million was stolen from Bangladesh Bank’s reserve in February 2016.