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Thursday, 31 July 2008

Truth Commission

Staff Correspondent

Justice Habibur Rahman Khan has been appointed to the Truth and Accountability Commission as chairman, an official said Wednesday.

Retired major general Manzur Rashid Khan and former CAG Asif Ali have been appointed as members of the commission.

Md Sirajul Islam, secretary (public division) to the president, told bdnews24.com that a circular had been signed by Iajuddin Ahmed.

The cabinet approved the Right to Voluntary Disclosure Ordinance 2008, to create the commission, on May 25 and the president promulgated the ordinance on June 5. The cabinet proposed a number of amendments on July 6.

According to the ordinance, the truth commission will run for five months with three members.

According to the ordinance provision anybody already convicted of graft, with a sentence of two years or less, will get the scope of leniency if he confesses and returns any illegal earnings within a given timeframe.

But if anyone provides false and misleading information the commission will fine the person Tk 1 lakh or sentence him to six months in jail or the both.

But the people convicted of arms, drugs, child trafficking and rape cases will not get the clemency.

The government has appointed 26 officials and staffers on deputation for the commission and established its office on Minto Road.

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