The High Court will deliver its verdict any day on the Anti Corruption Commission’s (ACC) appeal against a lower court verdict that acquitted BNP senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman in a money-laundering case. The court will also deliver judgment on another appeal filed by Tarique’s friend and business partner Giasuddin Al Mamun against the trial court verdict that had sentenced him to seven years’ imprisonment in the same case. Dhaka, UNB News Agency Reported.
The High Court bench of justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Amir Hossain on Thursday kept pending its verdict to be delivered any day after concluding hearing of the appeals, said ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan. On January 3, ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan prayed to an HC bench to fix a date for hearing its appeal challenging the acquittal of Tarique, elder son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, in the case.
In 2009, the anti-graft watchdog filed the case against Tarique 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 Tk40 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.