A Dhaka court on Monday convicted and awarded nine years in jail to each of the nine officials, including the managing director Khwaja Soleman Anwar Chowdhury, of Bismillah Group in a money laundering case.
Judge Md Atabullah of Dhaka-10 special judges court passed the order and also fined the convicted more than Tk 30 crore and asked them to deposit the sum to the state exchequer within 60 days.
The others convicted were group chairman Nawrin Hasib, directors Safikul Anwar Chowdhury, Sarwar Jahan, Abida Hasib, Nahid Anwar Khan and Khandaker Md Moinuddin Ishaq, deputy managing director Akbar Aziz Mutakki, general manager Mohammad Abul Hossain Chowdhury and manager Riajuddin Ahammed.
The court passed the judgement in absence of the convicted who were yet to be arrested.
‘It is the first judgement against the Bismiallah Group officials, who are wanted in more than a dozen cases. The Anti-Corruption Commission filed the cases with different police stations in the capital,’ ACC counsel Mosharraf Hossain Kazal said.
The ACC filed the case in 2013 with New Market police station over laundering of Tk 15.33 crore.