Accused Giasuddin Al Mamun of the money laundering case filed against BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman and him on Sunday pleaded not guilty.
Judge Md Motahar Hossain of the Special Judge Court-3 selected 8 people as defence witnesses out, of a list of 24 people, supplied on behalf of Mamun and summoned them to appear before his court on October 31.
Mamun pleaded about his innocence by reading out a five-page written statement from 12 noon to 2 pm Sunday.
Other accused Tarique of the case is on the run. The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) had filed the case against the duo on October 26, 2009, accusing them of “siphoning off Tk 204.1 million to Singapore” between 2003 and 2007.
On July 6, 2011 the ACC submitted the charge sheet against the two accused. On August 8, 2011, the court framed money laundering charges against Tarique and issued an arrest against him. However, police could not arrest him as he has been staying abroad in London. – Court Correspondent