Desk Report

26 September, 2023 02:27

US Senator Menendez accused of accepting bribes, who sought sanctions against RAB

Senator Robert Menendez. Photo: Collected

US Senator Robert Menendez and his wife Nadine Menendez have been accused of accepting bribes.

The country's Attorney's office, located in Manhattan, stated on Friday that Menendez had provided sensitive information to the Egyptian government, as evidence has shown.

Senator Robert Menendez is the senator who called on the Trump administration on October 27, 2020 to impose sanctions on Bangladesh's Rapid Action Battalion (RAB). Robert Menendez led the 8 senators who wrote letters to the US Secretary of State and Treasury at that time.

It is a big question whether Robert Menendez wrote to any of the lobbyists hired by the BNP in the US. At the same time, when Menendez is the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, whether there is any bribery behind the visa ban on some citizens of Bangladesh has become a big question.

Al Jazeera, a Qatar-based media outlet, says that an indictment has also been published from the country's attorney's office in Manhattan, America. It is said that Senator Robert Menendez and his wife Nadine took hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes to maintain good relations with three New Jersey businessmen.

In addition to receiving direct dollars, the Menendez couple received gold, home loans, job offers, expensive cars and many other things. Federal prosecutors recovered large amounts of gold bars and hundreds of millions of dollars in cash from the senator's residence. The price of these gold is 2 lakh dollars.

Menendez and his wife are facing three criminal charges. These are bribery conspiracy, service fraud conspiracy and extortion conspiracy in the name of government rights. However, Menendez claimed that these allegations are false. "These are conspiratorial campaigns against me," he said.

The 39-page indictment alleges that between 2018 and 2022, Senator Menendez, New Jersey's senior senator and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and his wife, Nadine Menendez, accepted bribes from three US businessmen, Wael Hanna, Jose Uribe and Fred Dybes.

The indictment further states that Senator Menendez and his wife used their power and influence to protect the interests of these businessmen and benefit the Egyptian government by accepting several hundred thousand dollars in bribes. Allegedly, Hanna, Uribe and Diebes gave the senator and his wife cash, gold, home loan payments, a show job for Nadine Menendez, a Mercedes-Benz and other valuables.

Such allegations against Menendez have surfaced before. He was previously accused of accepting private flights, campaign 'contributions' and other bribes from a wealthy man in New Jersey in exchange for official favors. But in 2017, the charges remained inconclusive due to lack of a jury.

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