BANGLADESH: GIASUDDIN AL MAMUN, BUSINESS PARTNER + FRIEND OF BNP ACTING CHAIRPERSON TARIQUE RAHMAN, sentenced to 7 years in prison for money laundering
Friend and business partner of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s elder son Tarique Rahman, Giasuddin Al Mamun, has been sentenced to seven years of prison and a Tk12 crore fine, over charges of money laundering.
Dhaka Special Court 3 Judge, Abu Sayed Dilzar Hossain, gave the order around 12:30pm on Wednesday.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case against Mamun, with the Cantonment police station on September 22, 2011, for siphoning off £418,853 to the UK.
The ACC submitted a charge sheet to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court in Dhaka on April 29, 2012, alleging that Mamun had siphoned off the money.
On April 29, 2013, the ACC submitted the charge sheet showing 13 people as prosecution witnesses in the case.
According to the First Information Report (FIR), Mamun opened two accounts with a London branch of the NatWest Bank and laundered the money.
Of the total amount, £214,356 pounds were found in one of the accounts. The money was deposited between July 2003 and January 2005.
BACKGROUND: Bangladesh prosecutors seek death for opposition leader’s son
The current Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina Wazed, was appointed on 6 January 2009 by the President of Bangladesh and she is also the longest serving prime minister in the country’s history
Bangladesh prosecutors on Monday demanded the death sentence for the son of opposition leader Khaleda Zia for his alleged role in a deadly 2004 grenade attack in which current prime minister Sheikh Hasina was injured.
More than 20 people were killed in the assault on a rally led by Hasina when she was in opposition and Zia was in power.
Zia’s son Tarique Rahman, who lives in exile in London, says the criminal conspiracy case against him is part of a political witch-hunt. Zia and Hasina have been arch-rivals for three decades, during which they have alternated in power.
With the marathon trial nearing a close, prosecutors on Monday sought death sentences for Rahman and 48 others, including the then-home minister and the chiefs of major intelligence agencies.
Chief prosecutor Syed Rezaur Rahman told AFP that meetings to plan the attack were held at Tarique Rahman’s office in Bangladesh Nationalist Party headquarters. “He assured all sorts of administrative and monetary help to the killers.”
The prosecutor, summarising his speech to the court, said a brother of a minister in Zia’s administration who fled to Pakistan had distributed the grenades to the killers.
He said the aim had been to kill Hasina and leaders of her Awami League party.
More than 10 grenades were thrown into the rally of thousands of Hasina followers in the Bangladesh capital on August 21, 2004. Hasina was among hundreds injured.
Khaleda’s government initially blamed a street hawker for the attack.
Zia, a two-time prime minister, also faces charges related to violence and corruption. Her trial on two graft charges is expected to end this month.
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