The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Court of Dhaka on Sunday afternoon granted fresh remand for four days to quiz a foreigner and three officials of City Bank in connection with their suspected involvement in a ATM card scam.Magistrate Saad Bir Yeasir Ahsan Chowdhury of the CMM Court passed the order after hearing on the remand plea. The court also granted three days of remand of two new arrestees in connection with the ATM scam. The newly arrested suspects are Md Humayun Kabir and Md Saifuzzaman.
Detective Branch (DB) of police detained the foreigner and three City Bank officials from Gulshan area on February 21. Of the detainees, the foreigner has been identified as “Thomas” while the City Bank officials are Moksed Alam Maksud, Rezaul Karim Shahin and Refaz Ahmed Roni.
The law enforcers seized a Polish passport from the foreigner’s possession. The ID card, seized from “Thomas”, says that he is a citizen of Germany. According to a DB press release, he had stolen the passport and made himself “Piotr Szczepan Mazurek” from “Thomas”.
During primary interrogation, “Thomas” claimed himself to be a German national. However, police said they are considering “Thomas” as a Polish citizen as he was carrying a Polish passport. “Thomas” said that an international gang is engaged with the ATM scam. He plotted the scam along with a Bangladeshi expatriate in London, a Bulgarian and a Ukrainian national.
According to Bangladesh Bank, more than Tk 2 million has been withdrawn from ATM booths of several private commercial banks of the city in recent weeks with at least 40 forged debit cards.