HC commutes Nazmul Huda’s jail term by three years

HC commutes Nazmul Huda’s jail term by three years

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Dhaka – The High Court on Wednesday commuted the jail term of former minister Nazmul Huda to four years from seven years on a bribery case filed during the 2007-2008 military-backed caretaker government.
The HC also directed Nazmul Huda to surrender before the trial court within 45 days after receiving the copy of the verdict by the lower court concerned.The HC bench comprising Justice Bhabani Prasad Singha and Justice Mustafa Zaman Islam commuted seven-year jail term for Nazmul to four years and counted the duration of the jail term of Sigma as total conviction period.
The HC said that Sigma Huda sentence would be considered as total conviction period. Sigma had earlier suffered in jail for some period in connection with the case.
The HC bench gave the verdict after the Appellate Division had assigned it to rehear it with merit.
The Appellate Division had stayed verdict of another High Court bench which had acquitted both Nazmu and Sigma after the Anti-Corruption Commission had appealed against the verdict.
According to the case statement, Nazmul Huda and his wife Advocate Sigma Huda had taken TK 2.4crore from a businessman as a bribe.
The prosecution said that Huda, also an influential leader of former prime minister Khaleda Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party, forced the Mir Akhter Hossain Company to give the bribe and deposited the money in his wife’s account.
A Special Judges’ Court-2 on August 27, 2007, sentenced Nazmul and Sigma to seven and three years of imprisonment respectively for accepting bribes of Tk 2.40 crore from a leading construction firm.
Judge A K Roy awarded seven years of rigorous imprisonment to former communication minister Nazmul Huda and three years of simple imprisonment to his wife Sigma Huda, a lawyer appointed in 2004 as an independent expert on people trafficking by the United Nations.
Barrister Nazmul Huda took part in the hearing on behalf of him and his wife while Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan appeared for the ACC during the hearing. – Staff Reporter

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