Five on remand in ATM graft case

Five on remand in ATM graft case


Court Correspondent

A Dhaka court on Monday placed four persons including a foreign national to a five-day remand each in a case filed for swindling about Tk 2,200 crore from the state-run bank.The accused were produced to the court seeking fresh remand for eight days on completion of the previous six-day remand. Magistrate Abdullah Al Masud of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court of Dhaka granted the fresh remand rejecting their bail pleas.

The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) will reportedly interrogate Sheikh Abdul Hye Bacchu, former chairman of Basic Bank Limited in connection with the swindling.

Replying to a query, they said although the ACC did not file case against the former chairman of Basic Bank, if the ACC probe finds his involvement in the loan scam, the charge sheets will include his name.

In September 2015, the ACC filed 54 cases against 56 people, including bank officials. Almost inexplicably though, they did not include the key graft suspect, former chairman
Sheikh Abdul Hye Bacchu.

According to an inquiry of Bangladesh Bank, about Tk 4,500 crore was swindled out from Basic Bank during last six years when Sheikh Abdul Hye Bachhu was the chairman.

Of the accused Piotr Szczepan Mazurek was born in Ukraine and had later obtained German nationality. The three Bangladeshi accused persons are: Moksed alias Maksud, Rezul Karim alias Shahin and Refaz Ahmed alias Rony. The trio are also City Bank officials. All the four accused have been arrested in connection with stealing money of card holders by copying card data from ATM booths.


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