Dhaka’s Special Judge Court-3 on Tuesday ended recording the depositions of the main Investigation Officer (IO) in the money laundering case against BNP leader Tarique Rahman and his business associate Giasuddin Al Mamun amidst uproar.
Judge Md Motahar Hossain of the court also fixed October 10 for cross-examination of main IO Md Ibrahim, when defence lawyers will cross-examine him. He is also a Deputy Director of the ACC.
While testifying Ibrahim told the court that Mamun took Tk 20 crore 41 lakh 25 thousand 843 as bribe from Khadiza Islam, Managing Director of the construction company to give them the work order of a 80-megawat power plant construction work at Tongi industrial area through Tareque Rahman.
Later Mamun “siphoned off the money to Singagore”. Mamun’s main lawyer Barrister Fakhrul Islam was not present in the courtroom, when other lawyer Sanaullah Mia sought time to cross-examine the witness in presence of Fakhrul. However, the court rejected the petition.
Advocates Anisul Haque and Mosharraf Hossain represented the ACC. The lawyers representing the defence and the prosecution locked into hitching after the court rejected the petition of the defence counsel.
As soon as the deposition ended the defence lawyers left the courtroom. A good number of police was seen in the court complex.
The ACC had filed the case against Tarique and Mamun 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 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. – Court Correspondent