A DHAKA Court on Thursday ordered freezing three bank accounts of Bangladesh Nationalist Party acting chairperson Tarique Rahman and his wife Zubaida Rahman in a petition filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission.
Judge of the Dhaka Metropolitan Senior Special Sessions’ Judge Court KM Imrul Kayes passed the order following a petition filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission, ACC in short, said ACC prosecutor Mahmud Hossain Jahangir, reported UNB.
The commission’s deputy director SM Akter Hamid Bhuyan filed the petition (no 54/2019).
The petition mentioned that on an investigation it was found that the three bank accounts were with Santander UK plc, a British bank.
The petition also mentioned that the bank run by White and Blue Consultant limited sent a total of 59 thousand British pounds which is fixed by the order of Financial Intelligence Unit UK.
The government pleader Mahmud Hossain Jahangir mentioned in his plea that if the accused transferred the money to another bank, the government will not be able to bring back the money. After hearing the plea the court ordered to freeze all three accounts.
Jahangir said the court order will be sent to the British Attorney General office through the Home Ministry. ‘The British Attorney General office will make the order effective sending it to the bank concerned,’ he added, according to a UNB report.
The petition was filed under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act 2012.
Metro sessions senior special judge KM Imrul Kayes passed the order after the day on Thursday.
Tarique, who has been living in London since September 2008, was also sentenced to seven years in jail in a money laundering case in 2016.
He is now facing a total of 11 cases. He was remanded 12 times and was seriously injured. Following his release in parole, Tarique left for UK for treatment and never came back in violation of parole.
Meanwhile, he has been tried in the three cases. He has been sentenced to life imprisonment for 21 August grenade attack case, seven years jail in money laundering case and 10 years imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust case.
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