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A person is innocent until found guilty

Tells Prof Yunus upon arrival

Dr Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank, yesterday said a person is innocent until found guilty.

"Allegations might be raised against someone, but no one should be deemed guilty until it is proven," said Nobel laureate Yunus at the capital's Shahjalal International Airport upon his arrival from France in the morning.

He said the issue that gave rise to the allegations against the bank was resolved years back. “But since the matter was brought up again, it seems that the Norwegian minister absolved the institution from the allegations recently.”

The country's media could have verified the issue before publishing the report of a Danish journalist aired by a Norwegian television, Yunus said.

“We have to be careful lest we punish the nation through punishing an institution,” he noted. People from all over the world saw the reports published in the Bangladeshi dailies.

Referring to the reports, he said, “We have caused irreparable damage to the nation.”

The journalists of the country relied on the Danish journalist and took his report as irrefutable truth.

“Could we not probe the matter on our own?" he questioned.

Grameen Bank officials said Prof Yunus will hold a formal press conference today.

A documentary, "Fanget i Mikrogjeld" or "Caught in Micro debt" aired on the National Norwegian Television, NRK, brought allegations that Grameen Bank had transferred about $100 million it received from donors to Grameen Kalyan in 1996 and got back the money as loan in breach of the agreement with the donors. This led to a spat between the Norwegian government and Grameen Bank.

On Wednesday, Erik Solheim, Norwegian minister for environment and international development, clarified that Grameen Bank had not embezzled the fund or used the money for unintended purposes.

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Yes, that's the law. But still politicians in Bangladesh make people guilt before even knowing the facts. We imagine that there was a personal anger in that. Politics happen in a public domain and such the politicians should use polite language when talking to the public.

: Anonymous in USA

It is really a shame for us. Who will make understand our prime minister that she should not comment hastily on a person who is not found guilty. A section of motivated journalists really caused irreparable damage to the nation by making happy Sheikh Hasina.When Norwegian minister for environment and international development, clarified that Grameen Bank had not embezzled the fund or used the money for unintended purpose, what would be the clarification from PM Sheikh Hasina for her derogatory speech against a Nobel Laureate, who is a great Hero of this soil and brought a Nobel prize for nation for the first time?

Dr. S.M.ASADUZZAMAN RIPON

International Affairs Secretary,

Bangladesh Nationalist Party

: asaduzzaman ripon

Comments

  • Dr. Shaidul Kazi, Finland
    Sunday, December 12, 2010 02:04 AM GMT+06:00 (190 weeks ago)

    Dr. Yunus's invented micro credit which has got institutional form through the establishment of the Grameen Bank has created thousands of jobs in Bangladesh and helped thousands of poor families to come out from the vicious circle of poverty. The newly given theory of social business by Dr. Yunus is being praised and accepted in the West. Moreover, Dr. Yunus has been trying hard to attract foreign investment (Danone, Nike & Veolia to name a few) to Bangladesh. He is the only person inside the geographical boundary of Bangladesh who has given us a global image by winning the Noble in peace. Dr. Yunus, the Grameen Bank, & the social business concept - all are the great products of Bangladesh. We must take very good care of them. Last but very important - we need lots of Dr. Yunus to make our country a most prestigious country to the map of the globe. Long live Dr. Yunus.

  • Anonymous
    Sunday, December 12, 2010 02:51 AM GMT+06:00 (190 weeks ago)

    Most of the people in this world is poor. So, doing business with thee must be profitable

  • faqrul usa
    Sunday, December 12, 2010 05:23 AM GMT+06:00 (190 weeks ago)

    Thanks to Dr Yunus for his briefg comments. Now the question remains who will close the issue, the NRK tv or the Norway government or the GOB ??

    We wonder why so much accounting was shown to us on an issue amicably settled long ago; what was the intended role of the GOB and what role the GOB played at the time of the said amicable settlement. If this is cleared, the heat of politics can be removed which is still keeping the issue alive and burning.

    We fully share two important remarks of Dr yunus:

    a. Why an institution would be punished for the fault of any individual ?

    b A person is innocent until proved guilty ,

    I would appreciate if the GOB can kindly close the chapter from their side soon after conducting fact finding exercise if considered necessary yet for academic reason.

    The NRK tv shall apoloze to Bangladesh and its people and to the GB for wrong information of a dead issue. Let the GB survive and continue their second and third generation programme development and phase out as planned.

    Dr Yunus may like to take a back seat and allow the next generation leader to take over the much more difficult phases I have noted above.The public perception about GB and Dr Yunus one and the same needed to be forgotten for the institution

    I think Dr Yunus recalls the role of Dr Akhter Hamid Khan of Comilla Academy. He tried his best to phase out from the day to day work. The Academy has outlived its utility and should be given new generation job in community development and job creation for the unemployed youth men and women.

    Quadir

    California,USA

  • m
    Sunday, December 12, 2010 06:10 AM GMT+06:00 (190 weeks ago)

    We are poor in every way but rich in vindictiveness and lack of self respect. Dr Yunus shows us every day by working and proving NOT BY TALKING.

  • Dr . Karim
    Sunday, December 12, 2010 06:16 AM GMT+06:00 (190 weeks ago)

    I think still prof younus could be used for the nation and its development because he is competent,unemotional ,a man of letter who can guide a disorganised nation.

    Furthermore,witch hunting is happening before real investigation of high interest rate ,money laundering etc .

    Some western media also playing the game as an opportunistic and degrading him and degrading our nation.

  • Khondkar A Saleque
    Sunday, December 12, 2010 07:34 AM GMT+06:00 (190 weeks ago)

    Very true. There can be hundreds of allegations against someone.Unless any of these are established through proper judicial process none can be condemned .During the Care Taker Government Rule there were hundreds of allegations against top ploitical leaders. Many of these were probed. Many are still under trial. Is anyone questioning these? Why the unfounded allegations of fund embezzlement against Grammeen Bak and noble laurieate attained such reaction?

  • Wahed
    Sunday, December 12, 2010 08:05 AM GMT+06:00 (190 weeks ago)

    Thanks God for saving Mr Yunus ' prestige. We were bewildered to hear the news. We could not believe it whether it really happened or not.

  • Shah Mostain Billah-Canada
    Sunday, December 12, 2010 08:12 AM GMT+06:00 (190 weeks ago)

    In accordance with the principles of the presumption of innocence, everyone is innocent unless otherwise proven. We need to avoid any act that may unfairly label someone as culprit. Unfortunately, in this case, we have seen a wide ranging irresponsible comments made by different quarters right from a section of press to the highest level of the government. Just based on a media report, accusing a Nobel laureate of being involved in a scam is simply unjustified.

  • M.A. MALIQUE UK
    Sunday, December 12, 2010 08:29 AM GMT+06:00 (190 weeks ago)

    Why did the Government move so quick to investigate the matter publicly?

  • Kazi Firoz
    Sunday, December 12, 2010 08:33 AM GMT+06:00 (190 weeks ago)

    Dr. Yunus is a man of dignity, trustworthy and big-hearted and sacrifice minded.

  • CHANDRA MANI CHAKMA
    Sunday, December 12, 2010 09:44 AM GMT+06:00 (190 weeks ago)

    There should be careful investigation the whole story of Grameen Bank of Dr Muhamad Yunus. People know he is doing well for the vulnerable people of Bangladesh for a long. He should be proved himself as a innocent.


 

 


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