File photo: A hooded man holds a laptop as a cyber code is projected on him in this illustrative photo taken on May 13, 2017
Defendant manipulated young girls to create vulgar content for live broadcasts, law enforcement officials say
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Saturday arrested five people, including a foreign national, from different parts of Dhaka for laundering crore through the BIGO Live and Likee live streaming apps.
Those arrested were identified as Mostafa Saif Reza, 26; Arif Hossain, 27; SM Nazmul Haque, 27 years old; and Asmaul Husna, 28.
The CID declined to release details of the foreign national’s identity, saying it had not yet been established.
Law enforcement officials have so far found transactions of more than Tk 100 crore in the bank and mobile financial services (MFS) accounts of those arrested and their accomplices, the inspector said. Deputy General of the CID (Cyber wing) Jamil Ahmed to reporters during a press briefing on Sunday.
“We suspect the majority of the money has been siphoned out of the country each month,” he said.
The DIG also said the defendants manipulated young girls to create vulgar content for their live broadcasts.
Saif and Asma are the administrators of Bigo Live based in Bangladesh, while Arif recruited young girls for the live broadcasts. Nazmul who is one of the agents selling “Bigo Live Diamonds” to users, according to CID.
Subsequently, BIGO Technology said in a statement that the company has a zero tolerance policy against any criminal activity by any person or individual, whether or not the person is involved with one of the company’s local partners.
“We are conducting a thorough review of this matter and will work with the relevant law enforcement in any way we can. Our commitment to ensuring a safe, secure and trustworthy environment for our users must be maintained in the days to come, ”the statement read.