16 January 2019: If recent tweets by Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ), Nepal and its staff are to be believed then it is about to end the party for some of Nepal’s rich and corrupt.
In a series of tweets within the last 24 hours, CIJ has claimed that it has uncovered one of Nepal’s biggest “safe haven” nexus siphoning off hundreds of millions of dollars from Nepal, one of the poorest nations in the world.
The Centre, which conducts and trains investigative journalism, has said it would upload findings of a “cross-border investigative reporting” within the next few hours.
The mega-scoop is due to be published on cijnepal.org.np at 7 pm Kathmandu time. The Centre’s is headed by former president of Federation of Nepali Journalists, Shiva Gaunle, who is known for this meticulous investigative skills.
The illicit money the exposé is set to uncover apparently amounts to Rs 54 billion, approximately A$650 million. It is estimated that some fifty Nepalese business tycoons and politicians will be dobbed in by the drama tonight.
An expose of Nepal’s corrupt politicians/businessmen who illegally parked billions of rupees in Swiss Bank. An investigation on Nepal’s money launderers and their nexus to tax haven. To read more about Nepal’s largest ever money trail,stay tuned. #NepaLeaks @ICIJorg @cijnepal https://t.co/agM9cwDrAD
— Pramod Acharya (@acharyapramod) January 15, 2019
“Swiss Bank” is a term that often features when ordinary Nepalese people or journalists discuss “corruption” in the South Asian nation but the local media outlets do not usually have the capacity to allocate resources to carry out sustained cross-border investigations.
It appears, however, the much-expected “exposé” tonight has been possible as the well-respected Nepalese media body partnered with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
This news report has been edited for linguistic clarity- editor16Jan18 8:08 AEST