HC hears May 4 ACC's appeal against Tarique acquittal by trial court

HC hears May 4 ACC’s appeal against Tarique acquittal by trial court


The High Court yesterday fixed May 4 for hearing on an appeal filed by Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) against the trial court order that acquitted BNP leader Tarique Rahman of money laundering charges.
The HC bench comprising Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Amir Hossain fixed the date for hearing on the appeal.The High Court had earlier asked the authorities concerned to send the summons to BNP senior Vice-chairman Tarrique Rahman’s address in London, who went to London in September 2008 for treatment and has been living there ever since.
During yesterday’s proceedings, Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan, counsel for ACC, told the court that the Bangladesh high commission in London has forwarded the summons to Tarique, but he has not responded. After that the court fixed the date for hearing.
Later, Khan told reporters that as per the law, Tarique is a fugitive now. The court has fixed May 4 for hearing the ACC appeal.
The anti-graft watchdog filed the case against Tarique and his friend and business partner Giasuddin Al Mamun in October 2009 for siphoning off the money to Singapore between 2003 and 2007.
On November 17, 2013, a Dhaka court acquitted Tarique and sentenced Mamun to seven years’ imprisonment and fined him Tk 40 crore in the case. On December 5 that year, the ACC appealed to the HC, challenging Tarique’s acquittal.
In response to an appeal filed by ACC, the HC on January 19, 2014 ordered Tarique to surrender before the trial court in connection with the case and also asked the trial court to grant him bail after his surrender.
The money laundering case is one of the 16 cases, including the August 21 grenade attack cases, filed against Tarique. He was arrested on March 7 in 2007 during a crackdown by a military-backed caretaker government. – Staff Reporter


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