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CID arrests 5 for ‘money laundering’ through BIGO, Likee

  • Published at 11:03 pm June 13th, 2021
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The accused manipulated young girls to make vulgar content for live streams, according to law enforcement officials

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Saturday arrested five people, including a foreign national, from different parts of Dhaka for reportedly laundering crores through live streaming apps BIGO Live and Likee.

The arrestees were identified as Mostafa Saif Reza, 26; Arif Hossain, 27; SM Nazmul Haque, 27; and Asmaul Husna, 28.

CID declined to disclose details of the foreign national’s identity, saying that it was yet to be ascertained. 

Law enforcement officials have, so far, tracked down transactions of more than Tk100 crore to bank and mobile financial service (MFS) accounts of the arrestees and their accomplices, CID Deputy Inspector General (Cyber wing) Jamil Ahmed told reporters at a press briefing on Sunday.

"We suspect the majority of the money was siphoned from the country each month," he said.

The DIG also said the accused manipulated young girls to make vulgar content for their live streams.

Saif and Asma are the Bangladesh based admins of Bigo Live, while Arif used to recruit young girls for the live streams. Nazmul who is one of the agents selling “Bigo Live Diamonds” to users, according to CID.

Subsequently, BIGO Technology in a statement said the company has a zero-tolerance policy against any criminal activity by any person or individual, regardless of whether or not the person is involved with any of the company’s local agency partners.

“We are conducting a thorough review on this case and will work with relevant law enforcement agencies in whatever way we can. Our commitment to ensuring a safe, secure and trustworthy environment for our users is to be upheld in the days to come,” the statement said.