A former chief of the Bangladesh
military, retired general Mustafizur Rahman, was arrested on corruption
charges. Nine years ago, Rahman and several other senior government officials,
split about a hundred million dollars of bribes paid by the Russians to ensure
the sale of eight MiG-29 fighters. This didn't cost the Russians anything. They
just increased the price of the aircraft, to cover the bribe costs.
last 17 months, a caretaker government has been running Bangladesh, because the
two major political parties were deadlocked over forming a government. The
caretaker government has used this opportunity to launch an anti-corruption
campaign, since the caretaker officials are relatively immune from political
In much of
the world, defense spending is the part of the national budget most susceptible
to corruption. The result is either too much money is spent, and/or the wrong
equipment is bought.