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Bangladeshi anti-corruption official 'caught taking bribe'

Azim Al Jabber/Open access

A top anti-corruption official in Bangladesh has been arrested after he was caught accepting a bribe in the port city of Chittagong. Sabbir Hassan, a deputy director of Bangladesh's anti-corruption commission, was filmed taking a one million-taka (10,000 euro) bribe at his office on Sunday night.

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The Rapid Action Battalion police say they have a video of Hassan accepting the bribe.

Hassan had demanded five million taka from the owner of a garment export company called 4H Group, and had threatened to prosecute him under the country's money-laundering law after a container belonging to the company went missing in the port, police say.

The businessman agreed to pay one-fifth of the amount but then alerted police, who arranged to secretly film the meeting at which the bribe would be handed over.

From 2001 to 2005 Bangladesh was the worst country in the world for corruption, according to anti-graft campaigners Transparency International. But it improved in the latter half of the decade, rising 12 places by 2010.

However a recent study by the organisation's local chapter showed that the country's government officials, judiciary and police are still widely seen as being corrupt.

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