Tarique verdict was meant to please government, BNP says

Tarique verdict was meant to please government, BNP says


The High Court has reversed the lower court’s verdict on Tarique Rahman’s money laundering case to ‘please the government’, says the BNP.”He was not involved in any way with money laundering , there was no evidence to back those charges,” senior leader Ruhul Kabir Rizvi told journalists at the BNP’s Naya Paltan headquarters.He said the government could not accept the lower court’s acquittal of Tarique.

“So they got the ACC to file an appeal in an act of vengeance.””This is a deep-seated conspiracy. On behalf of the BNP, let me condemn in strongest terms the government’s ploy to frame Tarique.”He described it as a ploy to ‘destroy the Zia family’.”We expect the higher judiciary to live up to the traditions of justice and impartiality so that people can retain faith in it,” Rizvi said.In November 2013, a Dhaka court acquitted Tarique, the elder son of BNP chief Khaleda Zia, over charges brought against him for siphoning off Tk 204.1 million to Singapore between 2003 and 2007.But his close business associate Giasuddin-Al-Mamun was sentenced to seven years in prison and fined Tk 400 million.On Thursday, the High Court overturned the verdict and observed it as ‘financial crime.’It ordered seven years in prison for Tarique and slapped a Tk 200 million fine.Mamun also challenged the verdict. His prison term has been upheld, but the financial penalty commuted to Tk 200 million.The High Court observed said that money laundering hinders sustainable economic development of the country.“It’s time to stop such crimes,” the High Court said in its verdict.Rizvi said the BNP will discuss the verdict in detail before taking a decision on how to protest.Tarique has been in London since 2008 after he went there citing medical reasons.


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