Philippines can get RCBC to pay, says Law Minister Anisul Huq
Senior Correspondent, bdnews24.com
Published: 2016-12-01 18:54:49.0 BdST Updated: 2016-12-01 19:31:19.0 BdST
The government in the Philippines can get Rizal Commercial Banking Corp (RCBC) to pay back Bangladesh’s stolen reserve money, Law Minister Anisul Huq has said.
The bank at the centre of the $81 million heist has refused to take responsibility or compensate Bangladesh.
It instead pointed the finger at Bangladesh Bank for negligence, suggesting the cyber theft was an inside job.
“RCBC will have to pay the money,” said Huq, who recently led a team to Manila to expedite the return of the money.
Bangladesh, he said, had the Philippines government’s support.
The reserve money was transferred to fake accounts at an RCBC branch in Manila before vanishing.
Most of the money transferred to the Philippines through fake SWIFT messages was laundered through casinos.
About $15 million has been recovered from a gaming junket operator and was returned to Bangladesh, with a further $2.7 million frozen.
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