October 27, 2016

Bangladesh: Tarique Rahman jailed for money laundering

March 8, 2007 file photo, Tarique Rahman, center

In November 2013, a Dhaka court acquitted Tarique, the elder son of BNP chief Khaleda Zia, over charges brought against him for allegedly siphoning off Tk 204.1 million to Singapore between 2003 and 2007.

But his close business associate Giasuddin-Al-Mamun was sentenced to seven years in prison in the case filed by the Anti Corruption Commission.

The ACC moved the High Court against the verdict on Dec 5 the same year. Mamun also challenged the verdict.

On Jan 19, 2014, the court accepted the ACC’s appeal and ordered the BNP leader to surrender.

The trial was conducted in absentia as Tarique, the BNP’s senior vice-chairman, is in London and has not returned to Bangladesh since he left the country ostensibly for medical treatment.

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