Tarique acquittal scrapped, given seven years in jail

Tarique acquittal scrapped, given seven years in jail

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Dhaka – Scrapping his acquittal in a money laundering case, the High Court on Thursday sentenced BNP Senior Vice-chairman Tarique Rahman to seven years’ imprisonment and fined him Tk 20 crore, UNB news agency reported.
An HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Amir Hossain delivered the judgment on a petition filed by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) against a lower court verdict that acquitted Tarique in the case.It also asked the lower court to issue a warrant for the arrest of Tarique who is now in London.
The bench also upheld the trial court verdict that had sentenced Tarique’s friend and business partner Giasuddin Al Mamun to seven years’ imprisonment in the same case. However, it commuted his fine of Tk 40 crore to Tk 20 crore
Expressing dissatisfaction over the verdict, Tarique’s counsels said they would decide their next course of action after getting the full text of the judgment.
ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan said Tarique will have to surrender if he wants to file an appeal against the verdict as he is now absconding.
Earlier on June 16, the HC bench kept pending its verdict to be delivered any day after concluding hearing of the appeals against Tarique’s acquittal and Mamun’s imprisonment.
In 2009, the anti-graft watchdog filed the case against Tarique, elder son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, and Giasuddin Al Mamun for illegally sending Tk 20.41 crore to Singapore between 2003 and 2007.
On November 17, 2013, a Dhaka court acquitted Tarique and sentenced Mamun to seven years in jail and fined him Tk 40 crore.
On December 5 that year, the ACC appealed to the HC challenging Tarique’s acquittal in the politically sensitive case.
Following the appeal, the HC on January 19 in 2014 asked the lower court to send the case records to it and ordered Tarique to surrender before the trial court.

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